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

Peter Jeffery

in The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780195124538
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199868421 | DOI:
Eastern and Western Elements in the Irish Monastic Prayer of the Hours

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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

Chapter.  24582 words. 

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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