Middle English Mysticism
St. Augustine of Canterbury Episcopal Church (Edinboro, PA)
February 14, 21, and 28 at 12 noon
Dr. Deborah DuBartell will be leading a study group in Middle English mysticism. Medieval mysticism of the Anglo-Norman period (12th-14th centuries) focused greatly on contemplation and writers of this (later called) “tradition” wrote various treatises in English, their native language, at a stage of English language development called Middle English. Writing about their mystical experiences, many mystics such as Richard Rolle, Julian of Norwich, Walter Hilton, and Margery Kempe contributed to a growing body of English literature along with other writers of the time period, for example Geoffrey Chaucer, who also chose to write in English rather than or in addition to French and Latin. The Middle English text for this study series will be The Cloud of Unknowing, in which the anonymous author explains that the goal of contemplation is the spiritual experience of union with God. The group will be reading a Modern English transliteration of the text.
St. Augustines is located at 427 W Plum St, Edinboro, Pennsylvania 16412. Contact them at (814) 734-4116 for more information. Visit their website at staugustineedinboro.com
Dr. Deborah DuBartell will be offering a series of lectures on Anglo-Saxon Christianity at St. Augustine’s church in Edinboro. The lectures will be on Sunday afternoons followed by Tea and light refreshments. If you ever wondered about the history of our faith in the British Isles, come and hear the story of our spiritual forefathers and mothers. Dr. DuBartell is a Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English and Philosophy at Edinboro University. She describes her lectures as focussing “… on 3 aspects of Anglo-Saxon Christianity over the 3 lectures–religious texts, historical persons, and culture and society. As Professor of Linguistics, I will speak from the historical linguistic point of view on the Old English language, symbolism, and themes of Anglo-Saxon religious writing. For week 1, we will examine the types of writing produced during this period with a literary and linguistic focus on religious prose and poetry. During week 2, we will discuss particular Anglo-Saxons (monks, martyrs, mystics, and saints) who were writers or subjects of writing, and some persons fall into both of those categories. In the last lecture, we will consider particular aspects of Anglo-Saxon culture, revealed in literary texts and archaeological finds, that relate to the spread of Christianity throughout the land. Participants will be able to see samples of Anglo-Saxon writing and hear Old English spoken.” See below for the schedule of talks: Week 1: Anglo-Saxon Religious Writings in Old English (February 22 from 3-4) The Dream of the Rood “The Fall of Man” (Genesis 3) “Satan’s Challenge” (Genesis B, lines 338-441) “The Drowning of Pharaoh’s Army” (Exodus, lines 447-564) “King Alfred’s Psalms” (Psalm 1, 12, 22) Themes: The Bible, Exhortations, the Revival of Learning, Pastoral Care Week 2: Anglo-Saxon Monks, Mystics, Martyrs, and Saints (March 1 from 3-4) Ælfwine’s Prayerbook Ecclesiastical History of the English People Anglo-Saxon Chronicle Themes: Edward the Confessor, Ælfric, Cædmon, St. Cuthbert, the Venerable Bede, St. Edmund, Ælgifu of Shaftesbury, St. Ætheldreda Week 3: The Anglo-Saxon World and the Appeal of Christianity (March 8 from 3-4) Deor The Wanderer The Seafarer Anglo-Saxon Chronicle The Anglo-Saxon Riddles Themes: Heroes, Lords, and Retainers; Voyages and Journeys; Sea, Land, and Sky; Fate For more information contact St. Augustine’s at (814) 734-4116