Music, Liturgy, and the Veneration of Saints of the Medieval Irish Church in a European Context

Music, Liturgy, and the Veneration of Saints of the Medieval Irish Church in a European Context

by Ann Buckley (Editor)


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This book opens up discussion on the liturgical music of medieval Ireland by approaching it from a multidisciplinary, European perspective. In so doing, it challenges received notions of an idiosyncratic 'Celtic Rite', and of the prevailing view that no manuscripts with music notation have survived from the medieval Irish Church. This is due largely to a preoccupation by earlier scholars with pre-Norman Gaelic culture, to the neglect of wider networks of engagement between Ireland, Britain, and continental Europe. In adopting a more inclusive approach, a different view emerges which demonstrates the diversity and international connectedness of Irish ecclesiastical culture throughout the long Middle Ages, in both musico-liturgical and other respects. The contributors represent a variety of specialisms, including musicology, liturgiology, palaeography, hagiology, theology, church history, Celtic studies, French studies, and Latin. From this rich range of perspectives they investigate the evidence for Irish musical and liturgical practices from the earliest surviving sources with chant texts to later manuscripts with music notation, as well as exploring the far-reaching cultural impact of the Irish church in medieval Europe through case studies of liturgical offices in honour of Irish saints, and of saints traditionally associated with Ireland in different parts of Europe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9782503534701
Publisher: Brepols Publishers
Publication date: 10/30/2017
Series: Ritus et Artes Series , #8
Pages: 385
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgements xiii

Abbreviations xiv

Introduction xvii

Chant in the Early Irish Church

A Study of Early Irish Chant 1

Issues of Time and Place

Proper Offices for Saints and the Historia: Their History and Historiography, and the Case of the Historia for St Livinus 23

Locality and Distance in Cults of Saints in Medieval Norway 51

Offices of the Saints

Continental Sources

Omnes sancti chori Hiberniae sanctorum orate pro nobis: Manuscript Evidence for the Cult of Irish Saints in Medieval Europe 67

Songs for the Peregrini: Propers for Irish Saints in Continental Manuscripts 79

The Historia of St Fintan of Rheinau 101

Letetur Hybernia, Jubilans Antverpia: The Chant and Cult of St Dympna of Gheel 123

Insular Sources: Ireland

From Hymn to Historia: Liturgical Veneration of Local Saints in the Medieval Irish Church 161

The Medieval Office of St Patrick 185

A Divine Office Celebration for the Feast of St Canice at Kilkenny Cathedral 205

Insular Sources: Scotland and Wales

Possible Irish Influences in the Office for St Kentigern, Patton Saint of Glasgow 223

Why St Andrew? Why Not St Columba as Patron Saint of Scotland? 231

Reconstructing First Vespers for the Feast of St Brendan, Abbot of Clonfert, from the Common Office of a Confessor Abbot, According to the Sarum Rite 237

Shaping an 'Indigenous' Liturgy: The Case for Medieval Wales 253

Liturgy: Theory and Practice

The Significance of the Liturgia Horarium in the Nauigatio sancti Brendani in its Modelling of a Sacramental Christian Life 267

The Use of the Eucharistic Chrismal in Pre-Norman Ireland 279

Celtic Mists: The Search for a Celtic Rite 291

Bibliography 305

Index of Manuscripts 341

General Index 347

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