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(from Fr. prône, Lat. praeconium), designates a preaching service that developed in the early Middle Ages, at a time when the mass (II) received its main emphasis through increasing piety focused on the sacrifice of the mass and thereby neglected the Word (Eucharist: II, 2). Charlemagne commended regular preaching (II; Liber regulae pastoralis II, 4), but this was made difficult by the low standard of education of the priests. Nevertheless, there were magnificent preachers who preached in the vernacular and attracted the masses. Th…

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Neijenhuis, Jörg, “Prone”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 January 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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