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Salt, Liturgical
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Originally a catechumenal rite (first mentioned in Aug. Conf. I 11.17) and limited almost exclusively to Roman liturgical practice, the giving of blessed salt was moved to the baptismal liturgy (Baptism: VI) with the shift to infant baptism; it remained there until Vatican II. The ceremony has been interpreted as an exorcism originating in Roman lustration rites for newborn infants (F.J. Dölger) and as a substitute for communion for catechumens (Alois Stenzel). No longer part of the bapti…

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Brüske, Gunda, “Salt, Liturgical”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025182>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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