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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 Little Office of the Virgin and Mary's Role at Paris

The Little Office of the Virgin and Mary's Role at Paris

(p.463) 20 The Little Office of the Virgin and Mary's Role at Paris
The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages

Rebecca A. Baltzer

Oxford University Press

The cathedral church of Paris, with its overwhelming focus upon the Mother of God, let virtually no day pass without explicit liturgical acknowledgement of her role in salvation. In the voice, ear, and mind of every cleric in this cathedral, the most familiar and frequently performed Office was the Little Office of the Virgin. It was essentially an Office by the clerics for the clerics, without spectators, done in their private liturgical space, the choir, before the altar of the Virgin. This chapter discusses the sources for this Office, which was known in Paris before the year 1200, its use both in Paris and elsewhere, and its texts. It describes the complex state of the sources from before the 13th century and points to the significant amount of local variation in the tradition.

Keywords:   religious institutions, Paris, Notre-Dame, Marian Office, Marian devotion, Little Office of the Virgin

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