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Theological and Dogmatic Works (The Fathers of the Church, Volume 44)

Saint Ambrose

Publication Year: 2010

Published by: The Catholic University of America Press

Frontmatter

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pp. ii-iv

CONTENTS

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p. v-v

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Introduction

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pp. vii-xxiii

St. Ambrose was born in 339 in Augusta Treverorum, the modern Trier or Treves, famous for its size and beauty and as a residence of emperors and as the political capital of the Roman territory west of the Alps. His family was both ...

The Mysteries

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Introduction

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p. 3-3

The title of this treatise varies in the manuscripts. Some have De mysteriis sive initiandis. The most ancient, however, have De divinis mysteriis, or simply De mysteriis. Some scholars have tried to show that this treatise has been falsely ascribed to ...

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Text

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pp. 5-28

We have given a daily sermon on morals, when the deeds of the Patriarchs or the precepts of the Proverbs were read, in order that, being informed and instructed by them, you might become accustomed to enter upon the ways of our ...

The Holy Spirit

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Introduction

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pp. 31-33

The three books of The Holy Spirit are a sequel to The Faith, and the two works are sometimes considered as one under the title of The Trinity. However, the two are definitely distinct works. The Faith was written in 378, and it was ...

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Book I

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pp. 35-95

When Jerobaal, as we read, was beating out the harvest of wheat with a rod under an oak tree1 he received a message from God to free the people of God from the power of strangers. Nor is it any wonder that he was chosen for ...

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Book II

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pp. 97-152

Although in the first book of the ancient history it has been made clear from reading both that the grace of the sevenfold Spirit was reflected in the judges themselves of the ancient Jews and that the mysteries of the heavenly ...

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Book III

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pp. 153-214

In the previous book 1 we have shown by the clear proofs of the Scriptures that the Apostles and the Prophets, the latter to prophesy, the former to preach the Gospel, were appointed by the Holy Spirit, just as by the Father and by ...

The Sacrament of the Incarnation of Our Lord

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Introduction

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pp. 217-218

The title seems to be that used by St. Ambrose, judging from Chapter 63 of the work itself. Paulinus, St. Ambrose's biographer, speaks of the work as The Incarnation of Our Lord, as does also Cassiodorus. Leo the Great and some others ...

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Text

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pp. 219-262

Brethren, I do wish my debt to be paid,but I do not find my creditors of yesterday, unless, perchance, they thought we must be disturbed by their sudden arrival, but true faith is never disturbed. (2) Perhaps until ...

The Sacraments

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Introduction

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pp. 265-267

St. Ambrose's work, The Sacraments, has been regarded by many, notably by H. Dudden, as not of Ambrosian origin. Recently, its authenticity has been stoutly defended, among others, by J. R. Palanque, and most recently by Otto Faller, S. J., in the prologomena of Volume 73 of the ...

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Book I

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pp. 269-277

I approach a sermon on the sacraments which you have received, whose scope should not have been presented to you before. For in the Christian man faith is first. Thus, even in Rome they are called 'the faithful' who have been baptized, and ...

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Book II

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pp. 279-288

( 1 ) Yesterday we began to discuss that in the flood, also, a figure of baptism had preceded. What is the flood except where the just is reserved for the seminary of justice, and where sin dies? So the Lord, seeing that the sins of men were flourishing, reserved ...

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Book III

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pp. 289-295

(1) Yesterday we discussed the font, whose likeness is as a kind of sepulchre into which, believing in the Father and Son and Holy Spirit, we are received and dipped and rise, that is, are resuscitated. Moreover, you receive myrrh, that is, ointment ...

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Book IV

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pp. 297-307

(1) In the Old Testament the priests were accustomed to enter the first tabernacle frequently;l the highest priest entered the second tabernacle once a year. Evidently recalling this to the Hebrews, the Apostle Paul explains the series of the Old Testament. For ...

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Book V

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pp. 309-318

( 1 ) Yesterday our sermon and tractate was brought up to the sacraments of the holy altar. And we learned that the figure of these sacraments preceded the times of Abraham, when holy Melchisedech offered a sacrifice, 'having neither beginning of ...

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Book VI

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pp. 319-328

(1) Just as our Lord Jesus Christ is the true Son of God, not as man through grace, but as the Son of God from the substance of the Father, thus He is true flesh, as He himself said, which we receive and is His true drink.1 (2) But perchance ...

Index

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pp. 329-343


E-ISBN-13: 9780813211442
Print-ISBN-13: 9780813213439

Page Count: 367
Publication Year: 2010