Wednesday, February 13, 2008 3:00-4:00

Restoration of the Jerusalem Temple in Medieval Christian Liturgy
by Prof. Jennifer Harris, PhD. (St. Michael’s College)

A number of rites in the medieval Church borrowed their meaning and gestures from the long-destroyed Jerusalem Temple. In this seminar, I examine three types of borrowing that pervade Christian liturgy in the High Middle Ages: the ordo for the dedication of a church (and its annual commemoration), the Maundy Thursday liturgy performed once a year at the Lateran, and weekly eucharistic rites. My focus is on the Roman rites of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.