Enchiridion on Faith, Hope and Love

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The Enchiridion on Faith, Hope and Love (also called the Manual or Handbook) is a compact treatise on Christian piety written by Augustine of Hippo in response to a request by an otherwise unknown person, named Laurentius, shortly after the death of Saint Jerome in 420. It is intended as a model for Christian instruction or catechesis.[1]

As the title indicates, the work is organized according to the three graces necessary for the Christian worship of God: Faith, Hope and Love. Under Faith, Augustine explains the use of the Apostles' Creed, in teaching Christian doctrine and in refuting heresies. Under Hope, he briefly explains the Lord's Prayer as a model of Christian prayer. The final part is a discourse on Christian love.


  1. ^ The Augustine Catechism: The Enchiridion on Faith, Hope and Charity by Saint Augustine, Boniface Ramsey, 2008, ISBN 1-56548-298-0, p. 9

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