NÁUKA O SVIATOSTI KRSTU PÁPEŽA LEVA VEĽKÉHO V KONTEXTE JEHO DIELA
Teaching of Pope Leo the Great on the sacrament of baptism in the context of his work
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In the submitted study, we pay attention to teaching on baptism in the context of the work of Pope Leo the Great. We analyse Leo´s letters and homilies. In his letters, Leo focuses mainly on liturgical and pastoral questions associated with the sacrament of baptism. He also deals with Marian-ecclesial symbolism according to which the Virgin Mary becomes the image of baptistery of the Church where believers – members of Christ´s ecclesial body – are born. The third aspect developed by Leo in relation to baptism is almsgiving, to which the faithful are often invited. This act, like baptism, leads to forgiveness of sins. Leo´s theology of baptism has Christological dimension connected to ecclesiology, with an impact on the sacramental life of believers. Leo thus becomes one of very few early Christian authors who indicated and developed Christological spirituality of „lay people“.
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