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date: 10 April 2020

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This article explores the between prayer and the doctrine of the Trinity, focusing on the insights from such figures as Thomas Aquinas, Saint Augustine, John Henry Newman, and Hans Urs von Balthasar. It explains Augustine argued that the proper use of contemplation is the worship of the Triune God, Aquinas believed that petitionary prayer is mediated through the predestination of Christ, von Balthasar held that contemplative prayer is centred on the humanity of Christ and Newman's “real assent” relates to the liturgical appropriation of individual dogmas of faith. It suggests that prayer require the confluence of invocation and meditation, made possible in various forms by real assent to God revealing himself in the humanity of Christ as the mediator/intercessor/propitiator and inspiring us by his Spirit.

Keywords: prayer, Trinity, Thomas Aquinas, Saint Augustine, John Henry Newman, Hans Urs von Balthasar, contemplation, Triune God, convocation, meditation

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