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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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Sermons, Sacramentaries, and Early Sources for the Office in the Latin West

Sermons, Sacramentaries, and Early Sources for the Office in the Latin West

The Example of Advent

(p.15) I Sermons, Sacramentaries, and Early Sources for the Office in the Latin West
The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages

Margot E. Fassler

Oxford University Press

This chapter demonstrates how liturgical scholars traditionally study the Office, working out of the example of the Advent season and its history. It lays out the common source materials for the study of liturgy in the Latin Middle Ages, and demonstrates how scholars work with various kinds of tools currently available. The creative genius of the 10th and 11th centuries was lavished upon this Office, as each region and religious community refashioned a large body of broadly circulating materials to suit its particular needs and tastes. The process of understanding how this happened is crucial to knowing how religious cultures evolved in the Latin Middle Ages.

Keywords:   Office, medieval, Advent, Amalarius of Metz, sermons, early Middle Ages, Western liturgy, sacamentaries, Gospel readings, lectionaries

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