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David D'Avray

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198208143

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198208143.001.0001

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Pierre de Reims OP

Pierre de Reims OP

(p.50) II Pierre de Reims OP
Medieval Marriage Sermons


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This chapter analyses the sermon delivered by Pierre de Reims, prior of the Dominican house at Paris, Saint-Jacques, from 1227 to 1230. The main points of the sermon can be expressed schematically as follows: Christ ‘marries’ human nature; Christ ‘marries’ the soul through baptism, then through penance. The best way to begin to appreciate how this sermon would have come over to an audience is to paraphrase it with explanations in order to provide help with the ‘art of filling in the blanks’ in the way a 13th-century listener might have done. The themes of Incarnation, baptism, penance, and entry into the religious life are brought together through the image of marriage.

Keywords:   sermon, marriage, baptism, penance, Incarnation, religious life, Pierre de Reims

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