The Bible and liturgy
Palm Sunday processions
in Approaching the Bible in medieval England
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This chapter follows the course of the Palm Sunday procession in late medieval England. The Liturgy of Palm Sunday enabled lay and clerical audiences in medieval England to take an active part in a re-creation of the biblical event. The chapter focuses on Quasi-biblical language at first station and the Gloria laus and its spectacle at second station. It also focuses on a para-liturgical moment in the speech of Caiphas at the third station and the move into liturgical time in the fourth. The liturgy led believers on an emotional journey, contextualising Palm Sunday within the events of Holy Week and salvation history. The term hosanna In the text refers to the liturgical act of singing the hosanna in Palm Sunday liturgy, subordinating the biblical text to its liturgical performance. The chapter ends with a model for the evolution of Bible and liturgy.


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