IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 623: Commemorating Saints and Martyrs, II: Presence and (Re)presentation at Worship

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:MARTRAE Network
Organiser:Ann Buckley, Trinity Medieval History Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin
Moderator/Chair:Nicole Volmering, Department of Irish & Celtic Languages, Trinity College Dublin
Paper 623-aBaptism ad sanctos: Remembering the Saints in the Liturgy and Objects of Baptism in Early Medieval England
(Language: English)
Carolyn Twomey, Department of History, Boston College, Massachusetts
Index terms: Art History - General, Ecclesiastical History, Religious Life
Paper 623-bCommemorating Saints through Chant Texts: Columba and Kentigern
(Language: English)
Andrew Bull, School of Culture & Creative Arts, University of Glasgow
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Latin, Literacy and Orality, Music
Paper 623-cSaints' Books as Secondary Relics in Early Medieval Ireland
(Language: English)
Austin Rushnell, College of Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences, University College Cork
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Celtic

In the MARTRAE sessions we seek to explore the ways in which saints and martyrs are remembered and how forms of commemoration functioned in creating, perpetuating or altering this collective cultural heritage. Drawing on the invocation of St. Susanna in the baptismal liturgy, the presence of female saints on early baptismal fonts, and saints’ lives, Carolyn Twomey will argue that baptism was a gendered ritual and argue for attention to locality in the discussion of the presence of saints at baptism. Andrew Bull will argue that the Offices of the Saints demonstrate which elements from a saint’s Life were considered worthy of distinct commemoration, and reveal how differing views and localities alter their perceived importance and function. Austin Rushnell will discuss different types of miracles attributed to saints’ books (Acts of Invulnerability, Oath Miracles, and Miscellany Book Miracles) from the Irish Saints’ Lives to support the claim that saints’ books were venerated in the Irish Church as secondary relics.