By Derek A. Rivard

ISBN-10: 0813215455

ISBN-13: 9780813215457

Blessings have been an vital and very important component of medieval Christian existence and worship. Benedictions for houses and places of work, the knight and the pilgrim, town below siege, and the fetus within the womb, are yet a small pattern of the multitudinous and engaging extra-sacramental advantages that fill the leaves of the liturgical books of the medieval Latin Church. whereas usually said as an important aspect within the lifetime of medieval humans, the that means and value of those advantages for his or her authors and audiences were often neglected via liturgical and old scholarship, which has concentrated as a substitute at the textual transmission and long term alterations within the benefits and the rituals surrounding them. This current paintings corrects this omission via analyzing those advantages with sleek eyes, and a brand new methodology.

In Blessing the World, Derek A. Rivard reports liturgical blessing and its position within the non secular lifetime of Christians throughout the primary and later heart a while, with a selected specialise in the benefits of the Franco-Roman liturgical culture from the 10th to overdue 13th centuries. via a cautious and huge examine of greater than 90 such benefits, a lot of them translated for the 1st time and available to a readership past experts in medieval liturgy, the writer argues that medieval benefits have been composed as an immediate reaction to the wishes, anxieties, ideals, and fears of the laity, and for that reason those texts characterize a wealthy and mostly untapped resource for the examine of lay piety and of formality in medieval Europe.

Effectively drawing upon anthropology, ritual reviews, the phenomenology of faith, and conventional textual research, Rivard explores the wealthy topics of medieval piety that circulation during the advantages so that it will produce a brand new figuring out of the blessing as an try to faucet the ability of the sacred to be used in lifestyle. Benedictions for areas, locations, folks, goods, and occasions are each one studied in flip to provide this new knowing of those advantages, and within the method those petitions and rituals demonstrate a lot approximately higher problems with medieval people's cosmology, their perceived position of their cosmos, their conceptions of God, and their connections to the divine and to the non secular powers of God's creation.


Derek A. Rivard is affiliate professor of heritage at Cottey collage.

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"Blessing the World analyzes the texts of dozens of those benefits with a purpose to discover how medieval Christians conceived of God, and their very own position inside sacred background. This textual concentration is the book's energy, and the writer presents English translations of advantages from the 10th to the 16th centuries, together with the unique Latin in footnotes, thereby making to be had to readers a wealthy resource of those materials." ― Kathleen Kamerick, The Medieval Review

"Rivard's examine of medieval blessing rituals sheds precious mild at the ways in which medieval churchmen and their flocks considered their dating to God, to nature, and to their society." ― James A. Brundage, Church History

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Xxi–xxii). By a study of the older Missale gothicum (c. 680, from the diocese of Autun), MS Vatican City, Reg. lat. 317, and the Missale gallicanum vetus (early eighth century, possibly from the school of Luxeuil), MS Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana Palatinus latrina (hereafter BAV Pal. , xxvi–xxvii). This evident relation of the Gothicum to the eighthcentury Gallican benedictional supports Deshusses’s assertion that “the matter of the benedictional of the eighth century dates back, in its body, at least to the middle of the seventh century” (CB 1:xxii–xxiii).

My hope is that it will illuminate general patterns and themes that later researchers may develop through more narrowly focused studies. 70 While this Roman tradition is vital to the development of blessings and will be studied in depth, it represents only a portion of the ritual corpus; selected earlier and later non-Roman traditions of blessings will also be examined, especially those of the Franco-Roman territories and liturgical books, with an occasional foray into insular and Iberian texts.

This blessing tradition also found its way into the ancient Hispanic liturgy, which I intend to address in a future work. 35. Vogel, Medieval Liturgy, 74–76. 36. Henry Ansgar Kelly, The Devil at Baptism: Ritual, Theology and Drama (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1985), 1–12. , the use of spiritual aids against evil, whose descriptions and invocations were based on the language of Eph 6:10–18. 37 In the later eighth century, the Old Gelasian and Frankish-Gelasian texts were joined in the north by the textual tradition of the Gregorian sacramentaries.

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