By Lawrence Cunningham
Short historical past of Saints follows the increase of the cult of saints in Christianity from its foundation within the age of the martyrs all the way down to the current day.
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A good deal of that “evidence” was the product of an oral culture. It was in the interest of those who maintained the shrine to have a record of miracles. 3 Quite often, the fundamental function of colleges of clergy or monastic communities, apart from their own spiritual life, was to act as custodians of relics and serve as monitors of the devotional life around the saint’s shrine. It is well to remember that the greatest prestige that the bishops of Rome enjoyed in the early centuries of Christianity accrued to them precisely because they were guardians of the tombs of Saints Peter and Paul.
23–7). Students of medieval saints have noted that men were far more likely to be canonized while, frequently, the women who were canonized came from the aristocratic classes if they were not foundresses or conspicuous mystics. The most prominent shift happened after the twelfth century when saints were more frequently found in urban settings. ” The churches of the East have been particularly creative in classifying saints less by their station in life and more by the particular gospel values that they exemplify.
Her case is not absolutely singular. Apart from the vast literature of lives of the saints produced over the centuries, we can mention some “standard” works on the saints used in the Byzantine world which are connected to the liturgical celebrations honoring the saints. These can be brieﬂy described. The Menaion contains hymns and prayers for the celebrations of the feast days of the saints. The Menologion is a collection of the lives of the saints and, in some cases, selected homilies honoring the saint, organized for each month of the year.
A Brief History of Saints by Lawrence Cunningham