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Treatises, Epistles, and Sermons

Gilbert of Hoyland IV; Translated and edited by Lawrence C. Braceland

Treatises, Epistles, and Sermons
Treatises, Epistles, and Sermons

ISBN: 9780879074340, CF034H

Details: 256 pgs, 6 x 9 x 3/4
Publication Date: 11/01/1981
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To encounter a person who makes holiness attractive is an enviable experience. Such a person was Gilbert of Hoyland, abbot of the Cistercian monastery of Swineshead in Lincolnshire, friend of Aelred of Rievaulx, and continuator of the sermons on the Song of Songs of Bernard of Clairvaux.

When the great saint of Clairvaux died in 1153, he had reached only the first four versus of chapter three of the Canticle in his eight-four sermons. It was Gilbert who took up his unfinished task. When Gilbert in his turn died, leaving the commentary unfinished, it was brought to completion by yet another English abbot, John of Ford.

Those who know and admire Bernard's eloquence and contemplative insight will want to make the acquaintance of his successors. While conscious of continuing his work and remaining true to his spirit, they infused their sermons with their own personalities and through them shared with others their own rich experiences of God. As Lawrence C. Braceland says in his introduction to this first English translation of Gilbert's work: Gilbert is an experience. He has found the Beloved.

Lawrence C. Braceland, (1912-1987) was professor of classics and dean at Ignatius College, Guelph (Canada), until in 1963 becoming professor of classics and dean of arts and sciences at St. Paul's College, the University of Manitoba. After his retirement in 1978, he devoted himself to Cistercian scholarship, publishing numerous articles and translating in four volumes all the works of the English Cistercian abbot Gilbert of Hoyland.

ISBN: 9780879074340, CF034H

Details: 256 pgs, 6 x 9 x 3/4
Publication Date: 11/01/1981
Cistercian Publications

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