The Sermons and Liturgy of Saint James: Book I of the Liber Sancti Jacobi

The Sermons and Liturgy of Saint James: Book I of the Liber Sancti Jacobi

The Sermons and Liturgy of Saint James: Book I of the Liber Sancti Jacobi

The Sermons and Liturgy of Saint James: Book I of the Liber Sancti Jacobi


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The pilgrimage route to Compostela is graced with an exceptional witness from its early days: the Liber Sancti Jacobi or Book of Saint James. This book is found most famously in a twelfth-century manuscript from the library of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, as well as in various other manuscripts. The text provides an encyclopedia on Saint James the Great and on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, the traditional site of his burial in Galicia in northwestern Spain.

Of the five books included in the manuscript, Book I, the longest, contains the Sermons and Liturgy of Saint James. It is published here in English translation for the first time. It consists of two major sections: the first contains sermons and readings on Saint James, and the second presents a compendium of liturgical prose, poetry, and musical material suitable for the feasts of Saint James. Book I is accompanied here with the first full translation of the addenda that consists of material gathered subsequent to the compilation of the original five books and that was inserted at its end.

The sermons and readings include works attributed to Pope Calixtus and Pope Leo, and others authored by Gregory the Great, Jerome, Bede, Eusebius, Augustine, and John Chrysostom. These sermons and readings stand as self-contained units that fit into the liturgies. The liturgical material is a compendium of readings and music for the feast days related to Saint James, including his Calling, Translatio, Passion, and Miracles.

The musical pieces are the most extensive collection of musical materials dedicated to a single saint in the twelfth century. They include antiphons, responsorials, hymns, and processionals, with both older and original melodies.

This book of the Liber Sancti Jacobi provides a picture of the power and importance of the saint, reflecting his significance and that of Santiago de Compostela, along with Rome and Jerusalem one of the three major Christian pilgrimage sites during the Middle Ages.

566 pages. Preface, introduction, notes, bibliography, index, and illustrations

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599103273
Publisher: Italica Press
Publication date: 06/01/2021
Series: Italica Press Medieval and Renaissance Texts Series
Pages: 566
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.26(d)

About the Author

Thomas F. Coffey holds a B.A. in French and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Medieval Romance Philology, with German, Greek, and Spanish as support languages. He has taught various levels of French, German, and Spanish at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and English and French in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. He has published in English, French, and Latin and has worked extensively on medieval texts in the areas of rhetoric, French history, and the Inquisition.

Maryjane Dunn is an associate professor of Spanish at Henderson State University. She has followed the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela both personally (first walking the Camino Francés in 1979) and professionally in her scholarly work, focusing on the realities of medieval pilgrimage as well as on its medieval allegorical and nineteenth-century literary depictions. She has published two annotated bibliographies of pilgrimage, and her recent research delves into the pedagogy of the Camino as the basis for university courses in Spanish, history, sociology, and literature.

Table of Contents


About the Editors v

Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Abbreviations xii

Introduction xiii

Prologue xiii

Saint James the Greater in the New Testament xv

Saint James in Early Christian Writings xvi

Saint James in Spain xvii

The Codex Calixtinus and Other Manuscripts xx

The Liber Sancti Jacobi xxii

The Introduction to the Codex Calixtinus xxviii

Liturgy in the Roman Catholic Church xxx

Book I of the Liber Sancti Jacobi xxxvii

The Addenda Material of the Codex Calixtinus xlii

Twentieth-Century Editions and

Translations of the Liber Sancti Jacobi xlv

Notes on the Translation xlvii

The Sermons li

The Letter of Pope Saint Calixtus 1

Chapter 1 14

Chapter 2 23

Chapter 3 63

Chapter 4 64

Chapter 5 70

Chapter 6 85

Chapter 7 105

Chapter 8 144

Chapter 9 153

Chapter 10 168

Chapter 11 175

Chapter 12 179

Chapter 13 197

Chapter 14 201

Chapter 15 205

Chapter 16 220

Chapter 17 227

Chapter 18 291

Chapter 19 295

Chapter 20 306

The Liturgy 315

Abbreviations 316

Chapter 21 317

Chapter 22 321

Chapter 23 343

Chapter 24 363

Chapter 25 369

Chapter 26 371

Chapter 27 382

Chapter 28 387

Chapter 29 403

Chapter 30 405

Chapter 31 415

Addenda 429

Bibliography 483

Index of Biblical Citations 491

General Index 503

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