I don't know if this fits into the category of "sacramental objects" placed
over doors and windows in which you are interested, but there is a sermon
by Atto of Vercelli (1st half of the 10th century) in which he complains of
the custom practiced by "little trollops" (meretriculae) in his diocese of
baptizing branches and turves (and hence calling them - it is not clear
whom- coparents), hanging them in their houses and afterwards guarding them
assiduously "quasi religionis causa".
At 01:23 PM 1/3/01 -0800, you wrote:
>Isn't there a prayer called the "White Paternoster"? I don't know
>what it is, though.
>As Susan Kerr mentioned, I only saw the reference to placing the St.
>Benedict medal on doors and windowsills from someone who was selling
>one on eBay.
>I believe that in (semi-)modern times, the cross that one makes by
>folding and tucking a Palm Sunday palm-leaf blade is supposed to be
>placed over one's door. I also know about a few *non*-sacramental
>objects such as rowan twigs. I'm curious about any *medieval*
>practices of placing sacramental objects for protection over doors or