Sermons for the Autumn Season

Bernard of Clairvaux; Translated by Irene Edmonds, Edited by Mark Scott, OCSO, Introduction by Wim Verbaal

eISBN: 978-0-8790-7154-7, CF054E
Details: 456 pgs
Publication Date: 04/16/2016


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On the anniversary of the dedication of the monastery church at Clairvaux, Saint Bernard spoke to the community to explain the meaning of the feast: "What sanctity can these stones have that we should celebrate their festival? They do indeed have sanctity, but it is because of your bodies. . . .Your bodies are holy because of your souls, and this house is holy because of your bodies."

The thirty-eight sermons in this volumecarry forth this theme, revealing the holiness of the monastic life as monks alternate through the rhythm of the day and the year between the opus Dei and manual labor, journeying faithfully through life to death and the transitus to glory.

The twelfth-century Ecclesiastica Officia of the Cistercian Order required abbots to speak formally to their communities in chapter on seventeen fixed days, mostly liturgical feasts. This volume witnesses to Bernard's fulfillment of this requirement and includes sermons for the Assumption and Nativity of the Virgin and the Feast of All Saints, sermons devoted to the feasts of particular saints celebrated during the autumn months, sermons for the time of harvest, andfuneral sermons that look forward to the eternal joy in the communion of saints.

For information on the full index for this volume and all of Bernard's seasonal sermons, please see index page

"For those not familiar with the allegorical interpretation of Scripture that Bernard and most of his Christian predecessors and contemporaries used, reading these sermons will be a shock. They are like a quilt made up of many small pieces, sewn into a very complex pattern. If the pieces and patterns are studied and savored, they invite the reader/listener to meet the Word, presented by one of the great wordsmiths of Christian literature. Bernard's intent is to fashion the reader into a dwelling place for the Word."
Hugh Feiss, O.S.B., Ascension Monastery, Jerome, ID, American Benedictine Review