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Liturgy and the Emotions in Byzantium Compunction and Hymnody by Andrew Mellas

Liturgy and the Emotions in Byzantium Compunction and Hymnody by Andrew Mellas

Liturgy and the Emotions in Byzantium Compunction and Hymnody by Andrew Mellas
Liturgy and the Emotions in Byzantium. A pioneering exploration of the performance of hymns in Byzantium over a period of almost four centuries, investigating how hymnody wove together feeling and mystery in the hearts of the faithful, inviting them to dwell in a liturgical world of compunction, paradisal nostalgia and sacred song. This book explores the liturgical experience of emotions in Byzantium through the hymns of Romanos the Melodist, Andrew of Crete and Kassia. It reimagines the performance of their hymns during Great Lent and Holy Week in Constantinople. In doing so, it understands compunction as a liturgical emotion, intertwined with paradisal nostalgia, a desire for repentance and a wellspring of tears.

For the faithful, liturgical emotions were embodied experiences that were enacted through sacred song and mystagogy. The three hymnographers chosen for this study span a period of nearly four centuries and had an important connection to Constantinople, which forms the topographical and liturgical nexus of the study. Their work also covers three distinct genres of hymnography: kontakion, kanon and sticheron idiomelon. Through these lenses of period, place and genre this study examines the affective performativity hymns and the Byzantine experience of compunction. Andrew Mellas is a Lecturer in Byzantine Studies at St Andrew's Theological College and an Honorary Associate of the Medieval and Early Modern Centre at the University of Sydney.

The liturgical world of compunction; 3. Kassia; Conclusion; Glossary; Bibliography; Index. Emotions in Byzantium came to life through hymnody, which invited the faithful to step into a liturgical world of compunction. Country of Publication United Kingdom. Short Title Liturgy and the Emotions in Byzantium.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781108487597
  • ISBN: 9781108487597
  • EAN: 9781108487597
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Language: English
  • Book Title: Liturgy and the Emotions in Byzantium: Compunction and Hymnody
  • Item Height: 155mm
  • Author: Andrew Mellas
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Topic: Christianity
  • Item Width: 235mm
  • Item Weight: 480g
  • Number of Pages: 222 Pages


Liturgy and the Emotions in Byzantium Compunction and Hymnody by Andrew Mellas