RLG100- Lecture 30

RLG100- Lecture 30 - a 1B. VENERATION OF SAINTS/RELICS OVER...

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a 1 B . V ENERATION OF S AINTS /R ELICS → O VER THE CENTURIES C HURCH DEVELOPED A CANONICAL LIST OF S AINTS . → T HE FIRST PERSON TO BE DECLARED A SAINT WAS A G ERMAN B ISHOP AT END OF 10 TH CENTURY . → T HE S AINTS FUNCTIONED LIKE A COLLECTIVE OF HEAVENLY BODIES / HEAVENLY SENATE OR SOCIETY , WHICH SERVED VARIOUS FUNCTIONS . E ACH S AINT ASSOCIATED WITH A DIFFERENT VIRTUE E ACH S AINT WAS EMPOWERED TO BESTOW BLESSINGS ON INDIVIDUALS - FOR THOSE WHO FELT THAT G OD WAS STERN / HARD TO ACCESS , IT WAS EASIER TO PRAY TO LOCAL SAINT WHO WOULD THEN INTERCEDE ON YOUR BEHALF WITH G OD . THE PRACTICE OF VENERATING S AINTS AND THINGS LIKE PILGRIMAGES TO VENERATE S AINTS - ALL THESE THINGS WERE VERY COMMON IN M IDDLE A GES AND REPRESENT A MAJOR FACET OF C HRISTIAN PRACTICE IN M IDDLE A GES . → I N EARLY C HURCH PEOPLE DREW CLOSER TO S AINTS AND M ARTYRS AND IT BECAME TRADITION THAT BODIES OF S AINTS ARE PLACED IN C HURCHES AND THEIR BODILY REMAINS BE HONOURED IN SOME FASHION - AND
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