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On the Mysteries and On the Sacraments
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On the Mysteries and On the Sacraments


SPCK, Macmillan Co. 1919

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This volume contains two classic theological treatises: On the Mysteries by St. Ambrose, and On the Sacraments, also traditionally attributed to Ambrose. This classic volume includes an extensive introduction from J. H. Strawley, detailing the history of catechetical instruction, the context of these two works, and the theology of the liturgy and sacraments. As Strawley notes, these treatises “illustrate the care of the ancient Church for the adequate instruction of those who were admitted to Christian baptism,” making this an excellent resource for studying the development of catechesis in the early Church.

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Key Features

  • Contains two classic Catholic treatises, On the Mysteries and On the Sacraments
  • Includes an extensive introduction to catechetical instruction and the theology of the sacraments
  • Provides extensive footnotes and synopses of each chapter


  • Introduction
  • On the Mysteries
  • On the Sacraments
  • Index

Product Details

  • Title: On The Mysteries and On the Sacraments
  • Author: Ambrose of Milan
  • Editor: J. H. Strawley
  • Translator: T. Thompson
  • Series: Translations of Christian Literature, Series III: Liturgical Texts
  • Publisher: SPCK
  • Publication Date: 1919
  • Pages: 156

About St. Ambrose

Aurelius Ambrosius (AD 340–397) is primarily remembered as the bishop who combated Arianism. Through the conflict between the Catholic Church and the Arian movement, Ambrose was elected bishop of Milan—chosen for his tolerance of Arianism and his adherence to orthodox Christian beliefs as laid out in the Nicene Creed. He quickly suppressed Arianism in Milan, although elsewhere Arianism grew alarmingly fast among the clergy of both the Eastern and Western empires. While the world around him turned Arian, Ambrose firmly held his orthodox position. Ambrose’s influence over St. Augustine of Hippo in the Arian conflict was instrumental in Augustine’s spiritual formation, and this relationship has been the subject of much scholarship throughout the ages.

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