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Devotions in the Ancient Way of Offices: Medieval Domestic Devotion in the Seventeenth Century

Department of English, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8, Canada
Religions 2019, 10(10), 546; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10100546
Received: 2 September 2019 / Revised: 18 September 2019 / Accepted: 18 September 2019 / Published: 23 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Domestic Devotions in Medieval and Early Modern Europe)
Devotions in the Ancient Way of Offices was first published as a Catholic primer for worship between intimates, then reformed for individual Protestant worship, and then reformed again for Protestant worship between intimates. Each adaptation engages the so-called “ancient” quality of its offices, primarily medieval, as authorization for the kinds of domestic worship it promotes. I examine how the author and adapters of the text authorize their creative and adaptive devotional texts through a nostalgic interpretation of medieval worship practices as uniquely representative of the worship practices of the early church. While confessional debates had polarized discussions about the lineage of the church, this text represents a trend in seventeenth-century Protestant devotional primers attempting to reconcile spiritual divisions by re-introducing Protestant believers to pre-Reformation practices of domestic devotion. View Full-Text
Keywords: medieval; breviary; devotion; recusant; nonjuror; schismatic; women; early modern; restoration medieval; breviary; devotion; recusant; nonjuror; schismatic; women; early modern; restoration
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Ellens, J. Devotions in the Ancient Way of Offices: Medieval Domestic Devotion in the Seventeenth Century. Religions 2019, 10, 546.

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