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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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“When My Soul Longs for the Divine Vision”

“When My Soul Longs for the Divine Vision”

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(p.172) Chapter 6 “When My Soul Longs for the Divine Vision”
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Before the Gregorian Reform
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John Howe

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452895.003.0007

This chapter examines how millennial Latin Christians attempted to approach their God through a specifially Christian theological perspective. It begins by discussing the contemplative spirituality of Abbot John of Fécamp, who declares in Confessio Theologica: “There are many types of contemplation which the soul devoted to you, O Christ, can profit from and enjoy … Behold, O Lord, when my soul longs for the divine vision, and, reaching out to capture you, meditates and sings of your glory, the burden of the flesh is less heavy, the tumult of thoughts ceases, the weight of our mortality and the well-rehearsed pattern of our anxieties fade … ” This chapter proceeds by exploring spirituality in the tenth and eleventh centuries; how the proliferation of private Masses in the millennial Church potentially turned the Mass into a private prayer; Eucharistic spirituality and the liturgy of the hours; how statues and images functioned in individual spirituality; devotional use of crosses and crucifixes; saints as models of spirituality; and nature as God's art.

Keywords:   spirituality, Christians, millennial Church, Mass, private prayer, Eucharist, liturgy of the hours, crosses and crucifixes, saints, nature

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