By Lawrence S. Cunningham
A quick historical past of Saints follows the increase of the cult of saints in Christianity from its foundation within the age of the martyrs all the way down to the current day.Refers to either recognized saints, corresponding to Joan of Arc, and lesser-known figures just like the ‘holy fools’ within the Orthodox traditionRanges over topics as various because the historical past of canonization strategies, the Reformation critique of the cult of saints, and the function of saints in different spiritual traditionsDiscusses the relevance of sainthood within the postmodern eraTwo appendices describe purchaser saints and the iconography of saints in artwork.
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The prologue lists her destinations: “She had been thrice to Jerusalem / had wandered over many a foreign stream / and she had been at Rome, and at Boulogne / Saint James of Compostella and Cologne . ” The urge to go to see the sites associated with the life of Christ in the Holy Land (our English word “saunter” comes from “a saint terre” to go to the Holy Land), or to visit the ascetics in the deserts of the Middle East, had been a staple of the period after the persecutions. By the Middle Ages vast numbers of people, both clerical and lay, trod the traditional pilgrimage roads to visit the tombs of the apostles in Rome or the shrine of Saint James at Compostela in Spain (still a favorite pilgrimage trip) or to venerate the Virgin of Chartres or the burial place of the Three Magi in Cologne’s cathedral.
The Saint: Beginnings 27 Chapter 2 The Bureaucratization of Sanctity Saints should be judged guilty until proven innocent. George Orwell Liturgical Memory of the Saints By the end of the fourth century, and certainly well into the ﬁfth, the saints were recalled by name and/or class in the central act of Christian worship, the Eucharistic liturgy. This recollection occurred not only for the keeping of saints’ days but also found expression in the formal ordinary liturgical texts used in worship.
Antony was widely venerated in the Middle Ages, becoming the subject of any number of famous paintings which delighted in depicting the demonic temptations he suffered in the most vivid fashion. Hieronymus Bosch devoted a famous triptych to this subject, while Matthias Grünewald devoted a panel of his famous Isenheim altarpiece to the same subject. In the nineteenth century, Gustave Flaubert used the struggles of Antony to fuel his imaginative ﬁctional portrait of the saint in his novel La Tentation de St Antoine.
A Brief History of Saints (Blackwell Brief Histories of Religion) by Lawrence S. Cunningham