Purgation in the Sixth and Seventh Centuries

Isabel Moreira

in Heaven's Purge

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780199736041
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894628 | DOI:
Purgation in the Sixth and Seventh Centuries

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This chapter examines writers on purgatory in the sixth and seventh centuries, including Julianus Pomerius, Caesarius of Arles, and Gregory the Great. It also examines ideas about postmortem purgation as expressed in minor works of the seventh century including De ordine creaturarum and in visions of the afterlife and in hagiography. It concludes by looking at rituals of sacramental purification, especially baptism and penance, and discusses purgation in funeral liturgies, burial practices, and prayers for the dead.

Keywords: Julianus Pomerius; Caesarius of Arles; Gregory the Great; De ordine creaturarum; visions; hagiography; penance; funeral liturgy; burial practices; rituals

Chapter.  14909 words. 

Subjects: Early Christianity

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