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This chapter provides a general introduction for the book, which focuses on a particular category of saints: the apostles, the twelve disciples of Christ who became the first missionaries of Christianity. The apostles rank highly in the hierarchy of saints, not only because of their intimate relation with Christ but also because almost all of them were supposed to have finished their life in martyrdom. The book concentrates on the core moments of the liturgical day: the celebration of mass, and the rhythm of the daily hours or officium divinum in cathedral and monastic usage. Liturgical texts as such are studied, that is, prayers of mass, and chants of the office liturgy. The eucharistic liturgy of early medieval England is represented in the book by a collection of blessings, the so-called Canterbury Benedictional.

Keywords: apostles; Canterbury Benedictional; Christianity; disciples; martyrdom; medieval England; saints



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