Semenova P.N. Sarcina Episcopatus of Saint Augustine
The given research deals with Saint Augustine’s metaphor of bishop’s burden – the sarcina episcopatus. This metaphor was most likely based on Saint Matthew’s ʻlight burdenʼ from Mt. 11:30 and can be considered as an example of Augustine’s paradoxical language. Metaphor’s meanings describe all the varieties of duties in the episcopal office, which, at times, were quite unpleasant and sufficiently tiring. Numerous mentions on the Fear of the Last Judgment are clearly emphasizing the weight of the bishop’s burden. However, bishop’s love for God and his congregation overcomes this fear and all the challenges of the episcopal office and makes this burden light.
Saint Augustine, metaphor, sermon studies, early Christianity, Late Antique bishops