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Before the Gregorian ReformThe Latin Church at the Turn of the First Millennium$
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John Howe

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780801452895

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801452895.001.0001

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“Following in the Footsteps of the Saints”

“Following in the Footsteps of the Saints”

(p.147) Chapter 5 “Following in the Footsteps of the Saints”
Before the Gregorian Reform

John Howe

Cornell University Press

This chapter examines public acts of worship in the millennial Church. In Regularis Concordia, Aethelwold of Winchester states that “monks and nuns vied with one another in following in the footsteps of the saints; for they were united in one faith, though not in one manner of monastic usage.” The liturgy animated the ecclesiastical revival. In the new churches, architecture, art, treasures, and worshippers were all intended to praise God as a liturgical ensemble. This is not always obvious to today's tourists, who encounter medieval churches as public monuments and see liturgical artifacts in museums. It is further obscured by the failure of the liturgy to consistently dictate architectural forms. This chapter first provides an overview of Church liturgy before discussing the Mass, the principal medieval act of worship, and the liturgy of the hours. It also considers the role of processions in the millennial Church's attempts to Christianize the world.

Keywords:   worship, millennial Church, Aethelwold of Winchester, monks, nuns, liturgy, ecclesiastical revival, Mass, liturgy of the hours, processions

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