Tokens of Grace

Laurie Stanley-Blackwell

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Tokens of Grace

  Author:   Laurie Stanley-Blackwell    
  Publisher:  Cape Breton University Press

Beginning in the 17th-century Scotland, when Covenanters met in open defiance of religious repression, open-air communions ––the Sàcramaid – evolved to become the social and spiritual highlight of the year. Primarily a mixture of prayer and religious and kinship feasting, open-air communions were an expression of core communal values and basic kin and religious loyalties.

Particularly between 1840 and 1890, but well into the 20th century as well, the sacramental season and its open-air communions was a dominant symbol in the lives of Cape Breton’s Scots Presbyterians. Whole communities, numbering in the thousands, converged for this great religious occasion, taking part in as many as five days of exhaustive preparatory self-examination.

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ISBN associated with this title:9781897009185
Item CB0030
PublisherCape Breton University Press
PublisherCape Breton University Press
Published onDecember 1 2006
Language eng
Pages 120
Format Paperback
Dimensions5.5(in) x 8.5(in)
Shipping weight271(g)
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Dr. Laurie Stanley-Blackwell, currently chair of the History Department at St. Francis Xavier University, is a specialist in Maritime Canada and has published works relating to its medical, religious, and social history.