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The bishop instructed them to perform a sacred task upon the conclusion of the ceremony: "All those who have been promoted to the first tonsure, or the four minor orders, say once the seven penitential psalms with the litany, versicles, and orations.
From where did the Church gain this understanding of the penitential psalms?
Their original research and contribution to the field of Anglo-Saxon studies and early medieval penitential literature make this prize well deserved.
In analyzing the rich but understudied source base of Orthodox penitentials and in correcting methodological errors made by previous scholarship, Korogodina argues convincingly that questions asked at confession in Russia and Ukraine reflected changing historical and social conditions.
Unlike most scholars who have used penitentials, Korogodina does not directly address the most obvious problem--that penitentials are prescriptive, not descriptive; they contain only what priests may have asked, not what they actually did.
This background allows her to integrate her work into the larger picture of western European History and enhance our understanding of the role of nunnery rules and penitentials in defining institutional norms governing women's behavior in the early middle ages.
In the case of the penitentials and nunnery rules, they did not merely reflect or reproduce cultural rules; they actively instituted and endorsed them.
In some ways, they read a little like the Visitation Articles of the Stuart reign, because the Penitentials have a lot in common with each other and deal with the same kinds of issues, but include important variants.
Although she asserts that the seventh-century diffusions of penitentials she considers Celtic "marked a culmination of processes that had been set in motion over two centuries earlier" (269), she offers no discussion of the content or texts of those penitentials.
is at his best in a textual analysis of the eight key sinful diseases, showing their symptoms and the remedies proposed in the penitentials.
The penitentials contain long lists of questions by which "all (things) can be diligently investigated,"(40) but Rogino suggests that this be done "softly and gently.
The clear distinction between public and private penance breaks down under Hamilton's scrutiny of two penitential ordines preserved in the Romano-German pontifical.