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The English Benedictine Cathedral PrioriesRule and Practice, c. 1270-1420$
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Joan Greatrex

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199250738

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199250738.001.0001

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Feria, fast, and feast: The rhythm of the liturgical year

Feria, fast, and feast: The rhythm of the liturgical year

(p.236) V Feria, fast, and feast: The rhythm of the liturgical year
The English Benedictine Cathedral Priories

Joan Greatrex

Oxford University Press

The chronological structure of the previous chapters is interrupted here in order to illustrate the structure of the liturgical year. The sequence of the liturgical seasons, with their observances and celebrations, includes a brief survey of the few surviving manuscripts for mass and office, but is largely based on information provided by the accounts kept by obedientiaries, who recorded their receipts and expenditures connected with the celebration of feasts such as Christmas and Easter, and also fasts such as Lent. The chapter also deals with musical performance by monk organists and singers in company with others, and with the daily and weekly mass rotas for monk priests. Similarly, it discusses rotas for the periodic blood-letting followed by a relaxation of routine.

Keywords:   Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week, Easter, Rogation, Pentecost, blood-letting, recreation, organs, saints' days

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