Manuscript on paper, 8vo, pp. [xii], 596, [4 blank]; early eighteenth-century French hand, brown ink, approximately 18 lines to a page, running titles, contemporary pagination; a very good specimen in contemporary vellum, leather ties; binding a little shaken and worn, one tie perished.
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Meditations de la seconde annee.
Apparently unpublished set of meditations for the Sundays in the Liturgical year running from the seventh to the twenty-fourth week after Pentecost, shedding light on tools and practices put in places in the homiletic art. Themes range from reflections on the Eucharist, to consideration on mortality, on values, on grace, on human capacity for redemption. The meditations are often prompted by the Gospel of the day, lending strength to the notion that this book be a cleric’s personal tool for delivering semi-impromptu homilies: an aide-memoire, a structured repertoire of themes and examples made more convenient by a detailed table of content.
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