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Franciscan Liturgical Prayer

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Consequently, under the rubric "liturgical" the mapping of early Franciscan liturgical practices could include a breadth of public rituals which the followers of Francis were either required or encouraged to undertake. Given the centrality of the Eucharist and the Divine Office in Francis's own life and writings, as well as their importance in the emergence of a distinctive style of Franciscan prayer, this chapter focuses primarily on these key elements. Furthermore, given the ferment and even tumult around liturgical issues in the emerging Franciscan community, the chapter concentrates on developments in the first half of the thirteenth century. It is noted that thirteenth century Western liturgy were important for emerging Franciscan eucharistic practice. Such were similarly important for early Franciscan practices regarding the Divine Office. The growing insistence on the personal obligation of monks and clergy to recite all of the hours contributed to the development of the breviary.

Keywords: divine office; Franciscan community; Franciscan eucharistic practice; Franciscan liturgical prayer



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