Prayers and Meditations of St. Anselm with the Proslogion

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Anselm of Aosta wrote the majority of his Prayers and Meditations between 1070 and 1080 and created a tradition of intimate, intensely personal prayer that drastically altered the Christian attitude to private devotion. Anselm's ardor, literary brilliance, and scrupulous theology have secured him admiration. And, as Archbishop of Canterbury, his tussle with the early Norman kings earned him a place in secular history as well.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140442786
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/1979
  • Series: Penguin Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 520,559
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Benedicta Ward is a reader in the history of early Christian spirituality at the Theology Faculty in Oxford. She has translated The Prayers and Meditations of St. Anselm for Penguin Classics.

Benedicta Ward is a reader in the history of early Christian spirituality at the Theology Faculty in Oxford. She has translated The Prayers and Meditations of St. Anselm for Penguin Classics.

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Table of Contents

1. Background to the Prayers and Meditations
1. The Liturgy: The Divine Office, The Kalendar and the Mass
2. The "Preces Privatae"
3. "Meditari aut legere"
4. John of F├ęcamp
2. The Prayers and Meditations
1. The Anselmian Pattern of Prayer: "In cubiculum meum," "Excite Mentem," "Compunctio Cordis," "In Caelis"
2. The Content of the Prayers
3. The Prayers
4. Meditations 1 and 2
5. Meditation on Human Redemption and Proslogion
6. Conclusion
The Prayers and Meditations
Letters to the Countess Mathilda
1. Prayer to God
2. Prayer to Christ
3. Prayer before Receiving the Body and Blood of Christ
4. Prayer to Holy Cross
A Letter to Gundolf
5. Prayer to St. Mary (1)
6. Prayer to St. Mary (2)
7. Prayer to St. Mary (3)
8. Prayer to St. John the Baptist
9. Prayer to St. Peter
10. Prayer to St. Paul
11. Prayer to St. John the Evangelist (1)
12. Prayer to St. John the Evangelist (2)
13. Prayer to St. Stephen
A Letter to Prior Baldric
14. Prayer to St. Nicholas
15. Prayer to St. Benedict
16. Prayer to St. Mary Magdalene
17. Prayer by a Bishop or Abbot to the Patron Saint of his Church
18. Prayer for Friends
19. Prayer for Enemies
A Letter from Durandus
Meditation 1
Meditation 2
Meditation on Human Redemption
Appendix - The Development of the Prayers
1. The Circulation and Influence of the Prayers
2. Early Additions to the Collection: Ralph of Battle, Elmer of Canterbury
Notes to the Appendix

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