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Piety And Proclamation: Gregory Of Nyssas Sermons On The Lord'S Prayer

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Gregory of Nyssa?s sermons on the Lord?s Prayer are a provocative attempt to join the proclamation with emerging Nicene theology around the subject of pious practice. Through their sermons, Christian leaders like Gregory of Nyssa cast a vision of the polity that recognized the anonymous masses of those who were destitute, the nameless grey masses that had always occupied the fringes of society. Each of Gregory?s five sermons points to the relation between individual piety and community life. Clement?s perspective on wealth adds another dimension to Christian views on materialism. Greco-Roman euergetism affected the lives of real individuals. Gregory of Nyssa?s sermons argue that prayer cultivates a divine ēthos that displays itself most profoundly in beneficent social conduct. In Gregory?s sermons on the Lord?s Prayer, one can see how Christian leaders connected the practices of almsgiving and prayer to the Greco- Roman concept of civic benefaction.

Keywords: Christian piety; Clement of Alexandria; divine ēthos; Greco-Roman euergetism; Gregory Of Nyssa's sermon; Lord's Prayer; materialism

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