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The Divine Office in the Latin Middle AgesMethodology and Source Studies, Regional Developments, Hagiography$
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Rebecca A. Baltzer and Margot E. Fassler

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195124538

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195124538.001.0001

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The Palm Sunday Procession in Medieval Chartres

The Palm Sunday Procession in Medieval Chartres

(p.344) 15 The Palm Sunday Procession in Medieval Chartres
The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages

Craig Wright

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents a short history of the Palm Sunday procession in the Western Church followed by a more detailed study of that ritual as it unfolded in medieval Chartres, especially using ordinals from the diocese. The procession at the cathedral of Chartres is reconstructed, the chants enumerated, and the processional route traced through the streets and into the secondary churches of that city. Finally, to determine what was unique about Palm Sunday in Chartres, the ceremony there is compared to similar practices at other cathedrals in northern France, specifically those at Amiens, Bayeux, Laon, Metz, Paris, Reims, Rouen, Sens, and Soissons. Not until the French Revolution did this colorful Chartres tradition come to an end.

Keywords:   France, ordinals, diocese, Palm Sunday procession, Easter music, ceremonies, religious institutions, Middle Ages, processions

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