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‘Full of Miracles From Childhood’: Miracles in the Liturgies and Lives of Irish Medieval Saints

“Full of Miracles From Childhood”: Miracles in the Liturgies and Lives of Irish Medieval Saints

Lecture by Helen Phelan

Given at Boston College on February 20, 2020

This presentation by Helen Phelan explores the signs and miracles in the lives of Irish medieval saints including Patrick, Brigid, Columcille, Brendan and Columbanus. It looks at two main sources: the lives of saints, particularly from the 15th century Book of Lismore; and medieval liturgical chants, particularly from notated Offices and other Irish liturgical sources. The presentation includes sung examples of medieval Irish chant and concludes with a discussion of contemporary rituals, tracing their inspiration to these signs and wonders.

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Helen Phelan is Professor of Arts Practice at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick, Ireland. Click here to view her university page or follow her on Twitter @helenphelan18

Top Image: Skellig Michael’s Celtic Cross – photo by Paul Downey / Flickr

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