Blessing the World
Ritual and Lay Piety in Medieval Religion
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: The Catholic University of America Press
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This book would not have been possible without the invaluable assistance of many of my teachers, colleagues, friends, and family. Special thanks go first and foremost to my graduate mentor, Richard F. Gyug, who went above and beyond the call of duty time and time again, particularly in the effort and time he invested in helping me perfect my translations, ...
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The idea of a reality that lies beyond our understanding, a sacred being or power existing adjacent to yet distinct from the mundane world as we perceive it, is a common element of the religious belief of human cultures throughout recorded history. As a general student of religion, I have long been interested in this idea of the sacred, ...
1. The History and Theology of Christian Blessing
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The origins of Christian blessing are to be found in the scriptural traditions of the ancient Israelites. The theology of the Old Testament does not primarily emphasize blessing and God’s role in it, focusing its attention rather on God as one who saves, a God of deliverance.1 ...
2. Sacred Places and Sacred Space
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The human experience of our environment has always been subjected to the drive to order the cosmos in such a way as to make it comprehensible. This process has been particularly evident in the development of human religious systems and cultures, which often seek to establish as unquestionable the existence of a reality hidden behind the sensual one. ...
3. Sacred Persons: Blessing the Laity
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The civilization of the Latin West during the Middle Ages understood sacred qualities and power to pass to individuals primarily through ritualized formulas of ordination and consecration. These rituals were performed by individuals placed high within the hierarchy of the church, who imparted the grace and sacrality ...
4. Sacred Vessels, Objects, and Events
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In the study of the blessings of places and persons, we have already noted how frequently medieval Christianity blessed objects and particular times, imbuing them with a power beyond their mere physical presence. But in all of these blessings, the objects or times being blessed were of secondary importance, ...
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The tradition of Christian blessing was a rich, complex, and pervasive component of the culture and religion of the medieval West. From its origin in ancient Israel, blessing spread to all parts of Latin Christendom through the agency of the Roman liturgy of late antiquity, developing both within and apart from the Mass. ...
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Publication Year: 2011