Birgittabilden i liturgin

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Abstract

Summary: The image of St. Birgitta in the liturgy

Since the liturgy was the principal locus for the commemoration of Birgitta in the Middle Ages, the image which liturgical texts conveyed of her is of considerable interest. The essay analyzes the two offices in honour of Birgitta written by Archbishop Birger Gregersson (1367-1383) and Bishop Nils Hermansson (1374-1391,). First, what may be called stock themes, applicable to any saint, are rehearsed. These include love of God, the way of the saint "per aspera ad astra", compunction, ascesis and the particular devotion to the humanity of Jesus which is characteristic of the Later Middle Ages. Second, the themes proper to these particular offices are presented. Birger is found to depict Birgitta as a saint for all classes and stations of life, a truly universal saint who, for this very reason, is also the glory of the Swedish nation. Nils, on the other hand, emphasizes Birgitta's message, in particular her revealing the Virgin Mary, as much in her own person as in her Revelations. On the formal level, Birger's office displays classical elegance while that of Nils is somewhat uneven, but more lyrical and more original in structure.

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Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Filosofi, etik och religion

Nyckelord

Originalspråksvenska
Titel på värdpublikationHeliga Birgitta: budskapet och förebilden
RedaktörerAlf Härdelin, Mereth Lindgren
FörlagKungliga Vitterhets- historie- och antikvitetsakademien
Sidor299-310
Volym28
ISBN (tryckt)978-91-7402-232-2
StatusPublished - 1993
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördNej
Externt publiceradJa

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Volym28
ISSN (tryckt)0348-1433

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