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Author Gomez, Raul R
Title Lignum Crucis: The cross in the Good Friday celebration of the Hispano-Mozarabic Triduum
book jacket
Descript 526 p
Note Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 62-02, Section: A, page: 0635
Director: Mary Collins
Thesis (Ph.D.)--The Catholic University of America, 2001
A link exists between liturgy and popular religion forged in the ritual use of certain symbols. Symbols used in both realms mediate this link and become pivotal. Such is the Lignum Crucis, a seventeenth century reliquary of the "wood of the true cross." This study identifies salient Christological and soteriological and interconnected liturgical and cultural meanings borne by the Lignum Crucis as used during the contemporary Hispano-Mozarabic Triduum at Santa Eulalia y San Marcos in Toledo, Spain. The study takes an interdisciplinary approach to liturgical theology through field-work, participant-observation, interviews, textual analysis, historical studies, and Roman Catholic doctrinal and liturgical sources. Cultural anthropology, ritual studies, liturgical theology, and systematic theology provide the theoretical framework
The Hispano-Mozarabic rite, arising in Spain during the fifth century, has recently undergone updating. Since 1988 it is an optional liturgy for all Catholics in Spain and in 1991 new liturgical books appeared. Hispano-Mozarabic Lent is the liturgical context for the ritual use of the Lignum Crucis though it is used only on Good Friday. The liturgy is primarily destined for Mozarabs who have canonical rights to the rite, as the community of Toledo has asserted. Its self-assertion arises from a keen sense of history and culture
Culture and identity develop through cultural events, including liturgy. Mozarabs take the rituals of the Hispano-Mozarabic Triduum to be significant to them as a people. The texts, furthermore, reveal an exaltation of Christ and the cross. Seven theological meanings emerge from the ritual use of the Lignum Crucis in terms of Christology and soteriology: Christ's death saves; salvation is found in obedience like Christ's; the cross is central to understanding Christ's saving action; the cross is a sign of victory; stress on the cross leads to transformation of suffering; the martyr functions as an alter Christus; and, the liturgical use of the Lignum Crucis links the people to Christ. Because Mozarabs and the Hispano-Mozarabic rite reflect the liturgy and spirituality of the earliest Hispanics, they and their liturgy are an apt source for examining the roots of much contemporary Hispanic spirituality, especially as expressed in popular religion
School code: 0043
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 62-02A
Subject Theology
Religion, History of
Anthropology, Cultural
Alt Author The Catholic University of America
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