Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Pater Ecstaticus, Pater Profundus, and Pater Seraphicus Character Analysis

In English, the Ecstatic Father, the Father of the Deep, and the Angelic Father, these three are religious hermits who live in the mountains and gorges. Faust’s soul flies past them as it ascends into heaven. They sing of the Lord God’s infinite love, which He expresses in the form of nature.
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Pater Ecstaticus, Pater Profundus, and Pater Seraphicus Character Timeline in Faust

The timeline below shows where the character Pater Ecstaticus, Pater Profundus, and Pater Seraphicus appears in Faust. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 2: Act 5: Mountain Gorges
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Amid gorges, forests, and rocks, where religious recluses live, Fathers of the Church (including Pater Ecstaticus , Pater Profundus, and Pater Seraphicus) sing about love purified of trivialities, and how Love... (full context)