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Catechetic Homiletics: Ælfrics Preaching And Teaching During Lent

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This chapter uses Ælfric's exegetical homilies for Lent as a vantage point for identifying the beliefs and practices that lie at the heart of what it means for him 'to live and move and have one's being in Christ'. An overview of the liturgical and penitential activities during Lent that involved the laity reveals multifaceted catechetical processes at work and highlights how Ælfric's homilies would have reinforced the devotional, disciplinary and doctrinal emphases at a time of what Jungmann characterizes as 'increased cultivation of the spiritual and liturgical life'. The idea of spiritual warfare fires Ælfric's imagination and functions as a metaphor for Lent and life that, like his exegetical homilies, presupposes a surprising degree of interiority and refl exivity in believers who will apply the analogy to their lives.

Keywords: Ælfric's exegetical homilies; Lent; spiritual warfare



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