‘“O taste and see”: Eucharistic Blood in words and music’
9th January 2014, St John’s College Chapel
Led by Professor David Fuller (Durham) and singers
Both within the English Reformed Church, and between Anglicanism and Roman Catholicism, there was a range of understandings of the sacramental element of the wine-blood of Christ – from real presence to the spiritual and the metaphorical. Fuller discusses a range of these in liturgical books, theological writing, sermons, poetry, and music from the 1580s to the 1620s. By bringing together writings official and individual, public and private, with music written for different contexts and communities he explores what understandings might result from considering how different significances were experienced by the communicant.