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The Lord'S Prayer: A Cornerstone Of Early Baptismal Education

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The Christian Church during the fourth century surrounded the Lord?s Prayer (LP) with a comfortable, yet firm, secrecy. During the late fourth century, and shortly thereafter, new attitudes developed concerning the prayer of Jesus. The great preachers John Chrysostom, Theodore of Mopsuestia, and Augustine of Hippo in their writings reflect this transitional, new attitude regarding the use of the LP in baptismal catechetic training. By teaching competentes the Creed first, they had more time to learn it before Easter, when they would need to repeat it from memory during their own baptismal ceremonies. Augustine?s justification for handing over the LP to catechumens ultimately helped to bring about an end to the rigid secretive disciplina arcani surrounding the LP. Chromatius? sermons, do not conclusively confirm nor deny Puniet?s nor Bouhot?s theses with regard to the LP. Chrysologus, made no Augustinian distinction between pre-baptismal ?saying? and post-baptismal ?praying? of the LP.

Keywords: Apostle?s Creed; Augustine; baptismal catechetic training; Chromatius? sermon; Chrysologus; competentes; disciplina arcani; Lord?s Prayer (LP); Theodore of Mopsuestia



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