The Eucharistic catechesis of saint Augustine


Abstract

Preparation for participating in the Eucharist took place in the fourth and fifth centuries as part of pre-baptismal catechesis, and to a more degree as part of mystagogical catechesis which took place after baptism. A few of such catecheses have been preserved after saint Augustine. He preached them at Easter. In these catecheses he tried to make neophytes aware of the real presence of Christ in Bread and Wine. He justified it using biblical texts especially Christ’s statements about „the living bread”. The main task and duty of Christians was to wake up in the faith and receive the Eucharist worthily.


Keywords

Augustine; Eucharistic catechesis

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Published : 2012-06-15


Żurek, A. (2012). The Eucharistic catechesis of saint Augustine. Vox Patrum, 57, 853-862. https://doi.org/10.31743/vp.4178

Antoni Żurek 
Uniwersytet Papieski Jana Pawła II w Krakowie  Poland




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