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Preparing for Death: Aspects of Continuity and Change in Swedish Late Medieval and Reformation Traditions
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, Church and Mission studies, Ecclesiology.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Early Modern Christianity, ISSN 2196-6648, Vol. 2, no 2, 205-219 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

When a person in the parish was in bed seriously ill or was hovering

between life and death, the priest would be called to him or her and it was part

of the priest’s duty in the medieval and Reformation traditions to make his way

to the sick or the dying whatever the weather or the state of the roads, a journey

that could be both long and arduous. When the priest arrived at the sickbed,

he could listen to confession and give communion and extreme unction. This

article gives an overview over the ways in which the pastoral visits to the sick

and the preparation for death should or could be carried out liturgically according

to Swedish medieval and Reformation sources. Some central conceptions of

dying are pointed out in the relevant liturgical parts, as well as their theological

and pious explanations.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
De Gruyter , 2015. Vol. 2, no 2, 205-219 p.
Keyword [en]
the visitation of the sick, deathbed confession, communion of the sick, sick, extreme unction, anointing, pastoral care, deathbed
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Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-271522OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-271522DiVA: diva2:892158
Available from: 2016-01-08 Created: 2016-01-08 Last updated: 2016-01-08

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