The workmanship of the prayer book in its literary and liturgical aspects

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byJohn Dowden

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...monk of the Benedictine monastery of St. Gall at the close of the ninth century. A tradition, which has recently been discovered to be of but late origin, describes it as having been suggested to Notker on the occasion of his watching some workmen engaged in the giddy and perilous task of constructing a bridge at Martin-stobel, a mountain gorge through which the river Goldach makes its way from St. Gall to the Lake of Constance. Notker is generally regarded as the inventor of the "Sequence," a form of composition intended to be sung to the prolonged and elaborate musical cadences previously associated with the last syllable of the word Alleluia, which on festal days ended the "Gradual" at Mass. But the evidence that Notker was the author of this particular " Sequence " is not conclusive. It is not surprising that this sublime anthem laid its hold upon the hearts of men. In Germany more particularly its use was frequent in mediaeval times. It was sung on occasions of solemn mourning and at the dread moment before armies entered on the shock of battle. It was associated with days of trouble and disaster. And indeed (so strange are the perversions to which superstition may give rise) we See Julian's Dictionary of Hymnology, p. 720. have evidence that it was sometimes sung in church as a kind of imprecation or incantation directed against an individual who was regarded with hostile feelings, for the Council of Cologne, held in 1310, passed a canon forbidding Media Vita to be sung in any church "contra aliquas personas" without the bishop's special license. In the mediaeval Church of England Media Vita is to be found as an antiphon to the Nunc Dimittis, to be sung on the third Sunday in Lent and repeated every day till the fifth Sunday.f It...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...monk of the Benedictine monastery of St. Gall at the close of the ninth century. A tradition, which has recentl...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:92 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217648223

ISBN - 13:9780217648226

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