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Votive Mass
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Votive Mass, from Latin votum (“vow, concern, wish”), a designation attested since the 7th century for a mass (II, 3) celebrated in response to a particular concern or event (sickness, a turning point in life, danger, death, burial) or in public emergencies (natural catastrophes, war). Numerous formularies were already included in the Sacramentum Gelasianum vetus (60) and the supplement to the Sacramentarium Gregorianum Hadrianum (Sacramentary). The collection of votive masses ascribed to Alcuin was a significant milestone in the history of p…

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Heinz, Andreas, “Votive Mass”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 20 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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