Centuries of Silence: Rome and England

James Mckinnon

in The Advent Project

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780520221987
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520924338 | DOI:
Centuries of Silence: Rome and England

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The psalms with alleluia refrain were sung in the Roman agape already in the time of Hippolytus. It is assumed that psalmody in general would have flourished in the late-fourth-century Roman church, even in Niceta's church of Remesiana in remote Dacia. Leo the Great, pope from 440 to 461, provides nearly 100 sermons, preached, it would appear, at Mass during his pontificate, and cites the verse Veritas de terra orta est in a sermon preached on Christmas—the same verse Augustine frequently mentions in connection with Christmas. The earlier portions of the Liber pontificalis consistently use the term missa to refer to the Mass as a whole, but generally restrict sacrificium to mean the sacrificial rite as such. There are musical references to two seventh-century predecessors of Sergius in the Liber pontificalis that are sometimes taken as evidence for the existence of the schola. One of these was Leo II (682–83), who was said to be “distinguished for his singing and psalmody (cantilena ac psalmodia praecipuus),” and another was Benedict II (684–85).

Keywords: Liber pontificalis; Veritas de terra; sermons; Roman church; Remesiana

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Subjects: Christianity

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