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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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Eastern and Western Elements in the Irish Monastic Prayer of the Hours

Eastern and Western Elements in the Irish Monastic Prayer of the Hours

(p.99) 5 Eastern and Western Elements in the Irish Monastic Prayer of the Hours
The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages

Peter Jeffery

Oxford University Press

The Divine Office of the early Irish church is one of the more recondite subjects in the study of Western liturgical history, and cannot be studied without looking at the Eastern Christian liturgical influences. Although most surviving Irish liturgical books are fragmentary and the liturgical reforms of the Carolingian period swept away the Irish liturgy and consequently most direct evidence that could help us interpret these fragments, some Irish material related to the structure of the Divine Office in a few Gallican centers exists but has not yet been fully investigated. This chapter outlines some of the major directions in which a new investigation based on this material will lead, and reconstructs the basic structure of the medieval Irish Office.

Keywords:   Office, Ireland, source studies, Advent, Christmas music, Irish church, psalmody, Carolingian period, Eastern Christian liturgy, Gallican

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