Sermons, Sacramentaries, and Early Sources for the Office in the Latin West

Margot E. Fassler

in The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780195124538
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868421 | DOI:
Sermons, Sacramentaries, and Early Sources for the Office in the Latin West

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This chapter demonstrates how liturgical scholars traditionally study the Office, working out of the example of the Advent season and its history. It lays out the common source materials for the study of liturgy in the Latin Middle Ages, and demonstrates how scholars work with various kinds of tools currently available. The creative genius of the 10th and 11th centuries was lavished upon this Office, as each region and religious community refashioned a large body of broadly circulating materials to suit its particular needs and tastes. The process of understanding how this happened is crucial to knowing how religious cultures evolved in the Latin Middle Ages.

Keywords: Office; medieval; Advent; Amalarius of Metz; sermons; early Middle Ages; Western liturgy; sacamentaries; Gospel readings; lectionaries

Chapter.  18071 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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