Performing the liturgy.

Eric Palazzo 1, *
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1 Signes, formes et représentations
CESCM - Centre d'Etudes Supérieures de Civilisation médiévale
Abstract : In effecting, at the very highest level of existence, the connection and constant transactions between man and God, between the tangible universe and eternity, the liturgy illustrated this propensity [for sensory participation] in an exemplary way. Spectacular, even in its smallest aspects, it signified the truths of the faith by means of a complex play on the senses of hearing (through music, chants, reading), sight (through the grandeur of the edifices ; by the actors, their dress, their gestures, their dance and by the setting) and even touch ; the sacred wall was touched ; the foot, the reliquary, the episcopal ring kissed ; the fragrance of incense and of candlewax inhaled.
Keywords : liturgy art iconography
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Eric Palazzo. Performing the liturgy.. edited by Thomas F.X. Noble and Julia M.H. Smith. The Cambridge history of christianity. Vol. 3, Early medieval christianities, c.600-c.1100., Cambridge Univ. Press, pp.472-488, 2008. ⟨halshs-00673362⟩



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