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St. Augustine Of Hippo: Prayer As Sacrament

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Augustine of Hippo regularly commented on the Lord?s Prayer (LP) in order to educate mature members of the faith and to train pastors theologically with regard to matters of doctrine and Christian living. Augustine offers a brief petition-by-petition analysis after which he states that ?all? properly offered prayers seek those truths which are embodied in the LP. Augustine also briefly developed a theme in his letter to Proba that he discussed more fully in his Enchiridion. The LP and the Creed together complement each other in such a way that taken together they encompass the whole of the Christian faith. Both the LP and the gifts of the Holy Spirit played an important part within the actual rite of baptism. The LP was a sacramental prayer for Augustine, a prayer of hope and forgiveness, grace and salvation, and the very extension of baptism into the everyday lives of believers.

Keywords: Apostle?s Creed; Augustine of Hippo; baptism; Christian faith; Enchiridion; Holy Spirit; Lord?s Prayer (LP); sacramental prayer



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