BODILY LANGUAGE IN THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES OF GERTRUD THE GREAT OF HELFTA1 by ProQuest

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									   BODILY LANGUAGE IN THE SPIRITUAL
  EXERCISES OF GERTRUD THE GREAT OF
                HELFTA1
                            Ella L. Johnson
                  University of St. Michael’s College
                           Toronto, Ontario



                     he Documenta spiritualium exercitionum of
                     Gertrud the Great, thirteenth century
                     visionary of the Benedicitine-Cistercian
                     abbey of Helfta, teaches the devotional
experience of an embodied kind of unio mystica. The text
prescribes seven recommended spiritual practices, freely based
on patterns of oral formulae and bodily sensation from the Bible
and liturgical rites.
								
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