Session Title

The Heart of Cistercian Spirituality

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Center for Cistercian and Monastic Studies, Western Michigan Univ.; Cistercian Publications, Liturgical Press

Organizer Name

Marsha L. Dutton

Organizer Affiliation

Ohio Univ.

Presider Name

Marsha L. Dutton

Paper Title 1

Bede's Commentary on the Song of Songs: An Early English Benedictine Voice Enters the Allegorical/Exegetical Traditions

Presenter 1 Name

Marjory E. Lange

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Western Oregon Univ.

Paper Title 2

Action and Contemplation for Contemporary Spirituality: Insights from Bernard of Clairvaux's Sermons on the Song of Songs

Presenter 2 Name

Amy Maxey

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Notre Dame

Paper Title 3

The Song of Songs in Aelred of Rievaulx's Sermons for Principal Feasts

Presenter 3 Name

Ann W. Astell

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Notre Dame

Start Date

10-5-2020 8:30 AM

Session Location

Fetzer 1040

Description

This panel will provide a focused examination of the role of the Song in works by Cistercian authors, identifying patterns and emphases that helped to shape Cistercian spirituality of the twelfth century and beyond. Twelfth-century Cistercian authors of what is known as the Golden Age wrote prolifically for members of their rapidly growing communities and for clerics and students who might be drawn to join the Order. Perhaps writing with awareness of a need to appeal to adults with some sexual experience, they repeatedly wrote treatises and sermons on the most erotic of the biblical books, the Canticle of Canticles or Song of Songs. William of Saint-Thierry wrote three treatises on the Song, Geoffrey of Auxerre wrote a one-volume commentary on it, three other authors (Bernard, Gilbert, and John) wrote 253 sermons commenting on it verse by verse, and other Cistercian authors such as Haimo of Auxerre and Aelred of Rievaulx incorporated passages of the Song into their treatises and sermons. Marsha L. Dutton

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May 10th, 8:30 AM

The Heart of Cistercian Spirituality

Fetzer 1040

This panel will provide a focused examination of the role of the Song in works by Cistercian authors, identifying patterns and emphases that helped to shape Cistercian spirituality of the twelfth century and beyond. Twelfth-century Cistercian authors of what is known as the Golden Age wrote prolifically for members of their rapidly growing communities and for clerics and students who might be drawn to join the Order. Perhaps writing with awareness of a need to appeal to adults with some sexual experience, they repeatedly wrote treatises and sermons on the most erotic of the biblical books, the Canticle of Canticles or Song of Songs. William of Saint-Thierry wrote three treatises on the Song, Geoffrey of Auxerre wrote a one-volume commentary on it, three other authors (Bernard, Gilbert, and John) wrote 253 sermons commenting on it verse by verse, and other Cistercian authors such as Haimo of Auxerre and Aelred of Rievaulx incorporated passages of the Song into their treatises and sermons. Marsha L. Dutton