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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 218: Lenten Sermons: Fast of the Body, Banquet of the Soul, II - Dominican Tradition and Its Reception

Monday 4 July 2016, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Instituto de Filosofia, Universidade do Porto
Organiser:Eleonora Lombardo, Instituto de Filosofia, Universidade do Porto
Moderator/Chair:Holly Johnson, Department of English, Mississippi State University
Paper 218-aCollationes of Thomas Aquinas and the Birth of the Thematic Lenten Sermon Collections
(Language: English)
Jussi Hanska, Department of Education, University of Tampere
Index terms: Education, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching, Theology
Paper 218-bTo Feast or To Fast: Informing the People of Their Legal Obligations
(Language: English)
Stefan Visnjevac, Department of Humanities, University of Roehampton, London
Index terms: Canon Law, Law, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 218-cA Lent 'poor in Sundays'?: The Case of the Waldensian Sermons
(Language: English)
Andrea Giraudo, Società di Studi Valdesi, Torre Pellice
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life, Sermons and Preaching

In the intention of the Church, Lent was not only a period of strict fasting of the body but was also meant to provide the faithful with a rich banquet of religious and moral teachings that would instruct, reinvigorate, and refresh the soul. Preaching was the primary form of religious instruction to invite the faithful to this rich spiritual nourishment. This second session investigates the contribution of Dominican friars to the development of Lenten sermon collections that helped preachers present a well-structured catechism to their audience. These influential sermons could then be adapted to different contexts, as the Waldensian case proves.