Interactions between liturgy and politics in Old Saint Peter's, 670–741

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Ó Carragáin, Éamonn
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Summary: Though the new Eastern feast of the Annunciation was adopted in the Latin West in the course of late seventh century, only one basilica developed in its liturgy a theological rationale for the new feast. The basilica was Saint Peter's on the Vatican. The liturgy of Saint Peter's on the Vatican was in the care of monks of Saint Martin. In Alfarano's plan, the chapel of the monastery is marked: just outside the western end of the basilica, slightly to the south of the apse. The author's example of how the liturgy at Saint Peter's looked out to a wider world beyond Rome is the celebration of All Saints in the chapel in front of the martyrium of Saint Peter, to the south side of the nave, in parte virorum. Saint Peter was chief of the apostles, who had been told by Christ to 'go therefore, teach ye all nations'.
Liturgy , Rome , Annunication , Saint Peter's , Old Saint Peter's
Ó Carragáin, É. (2013) ‘Interactions between liturgy and politics in Old Saint Peter’s, 670–741: John the Archcantor, Sergius I and Gregory III’, in McKitterick, R., Osborne, J., Richardson, C.M. and Story, J., (eds.), Old Saint Peter’s, Rome, New York: Cambridge University Press, pp. 177–189, available:
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