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Honoring God and the CityMusic at the Venetian Confraternities, 1260-1807$
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Jonathan Glixon

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195134896

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195134896.001.0001

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Ritual and Ceremony at the Scuole Grandi

Honoring God and the City

Jonathan E. Glixon

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the religious rituals and ceremonies of the scuole grandi. The ceremonial calendars included the most important religious and civic-religious occasions of the Venetian year, some of which were celebrated with processions, often to Piazza San Marco. Each of these processions is considered in detail, including the routes taken by the brothers (with some maps). Poor brothers of each scuola were designated to carry candles, banners, and other ceremonial and symbolic objects. Each scuola also celebrated the annual feast day of its patron saint. The scuole also performed a simple mass each Sunday, and a more elaborate one each month. Performing for funerals of their brothers were vital functions performed by the scuole, each of which involved a procession from the home of the deceased to the place of burial.

Keywords:   scuole grandi, processions, mass, vespers, funeral, ceremony, ritual, annual feast

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