A-Z: General definitions: Augustinian


1. Augustinian friars: a group of Christians who lived according to the 'Rule' (way of life) attributed to St Augustine. Came to England in the second half of the 13C. They renounced the ownership of property and were committed to supporting lay Christians in the everyday world, through preaching and service. They wore a black habit with white scapular (short cloak). 2. Augustinian canons (also known as Black Canons): priests who lived together in communities following the Rule of St Augustine.


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