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This quote is interesting to me because it reminds me of a sermon I heard in a
Baptist church where there was no crucifix--jogging my brain to note something
I often noted before--there seems to be a lot of similarity in sermons, whether
before of after the reformation, catholic or protestant.
I remember a paper which I wrote for a course in the medieval church in which I
discussed one of the Bickling Homilies [vernacular sermons for the Old English
period] and showed that its theology was actually quite consistant with that of
conservative, protestant, evangelical churches [which are often quick to
distance themselves from medieval catholics].

I'm curious.  Has anyone else made this sort of observation?

V. K. Inman


Quoting M Paul Bryant-Quinn <[log in to unmask]>:

> medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
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> In David L. Jeffrey, The Early English Lyric and Franciscan Spirituality
> (University of Nebraska Press, 1975), it is suggested that preachers used
> poetry in their sermons to inspire *compunctio*, and that the Roods provided
> a ready focus for this, cf. ibid. p. 184 "Sirs, beholde before you the
> figure of oure redemptour Ihesu Christ, as he honge in the crosse..."
> "...starke weren his armes/i-streht upon the rode;/on fif stedes on his
> body/the stremes ran on blode".
>
> This was certainly the case in medieval Wales, where there was a literary
> tradition, which lasted for over 200 years until the reformation, of poets
> describing the Roods (often in some detail) and the blessings obtained from
> them. Studies of popular devotion to Roods such as that at Chester or Brecon
> show that they were the focus of important local pilgrimages.
>
> Paul
>
> M.P. Bryant-Quinn
> Y Ganolfan Uwchefrydiau Cymreig a Cheltaidd /
> Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies
> Aberystwyth
>
>
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Katherine French
> Sent: 22 July 2004 16:12
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [M-R] Rood Lofts in Parish Churches
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> medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
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> rood lofts in england sometimes had organs, sometimes had
> chapels/altars, and sometimes housed the parish chest. my guess is that
> if they had chapels or altars they would have been included in the
> processions.
> as for choirs--i think i've seen references to children/boys as
> choristers, but i can't quite place where i've seen it.
> kit french
>
> John Briggs wrote:
>
> >medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture
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> >Do we actually know how rood lofts in Parish Churches were actually used?
> I
> >am thinking of churches in Britain, but evidence from other countries would
> >be useful.  I am not talking about the pulpitum in monastic or collegiate
> >churches, which we know had liturgical functions, but was there actually
> any
> >use in a parish church other than dressing the rood, candles before the
> rood
> >or (occasionally) housing a rood altar?
> >
> >John Briggs
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