Sacramenta Epistularia: Letters as Sacraments

Catherine Conybeare

in Paulinus Noster

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780199240722
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600494 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Early Christian Studies

Sacramenta Epistularia: Letters as Sacraments

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This chapter demonstrates the ‘public’ nature of private letters, as revealed both through internal allusions and through content. The issue of audience bears also on Paulinus’ choice to write prose, not metrical, letters. He and other Christian writers of the period appear to be forging a new role for their letters: the letters – themselves, and as historical events – become a sign of spiritual dedication, and take on a sacramental function.

Keywords: letters; private; prose; public; sacrament

Chapter.  8483 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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