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Sacred Space And Ritual: Finding Variation Yet Common Expectation

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Despite their continued proclivity to mix spiritual and secular pursuits in church, parishioners also displayed in their actions and attitudes a discernible anxiety about violence and aggression on hallowed ground. From subtly altered aggression to outright denigration of violence as a sinful and shameful course of action, parishioners expressed with varying intensity their expectation that sacred spaces and rituals should be venues of concord, conscientiousness and self-restraint. Moreover, these expressions of regard in the court rolls and letter collections lie alongside the silent majority of parishioners who behaved themselves in church and hence avoided written records all together. Furthermore, the narratives of offended parishioners or victims of assault within sacred space or during holy rituals subtly convey the convergence of lay and clerical concerns for harmony and charity.

Keywords: church; parishioners; sacred rituals; violence

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