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Homiliarium ([liber] homiliarius) refers to Early Church and medieval collections of preaching (Homily) of the church fathers arranged according to the calendar and the pericopes of the church year. From the early Middle Ages onward, contemporary sermons could also be included in homiliaria. They were used primarily for reading in the mass, in which, after the Council of Vaison (529), they could replace the sermon. They became indispensable in the monastic liturgy of the hours from the 6th century since the reading of the…

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Ratzmann, Wolfgang, “Homiliarium”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 April 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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