Christians during the late antiquity were captivated with the holiness of saints. People did not understand how an average mortal person could be capable of such holy acts. Christians believed that the saints were divinely empowered by God; yet with these powers, they possessed a tremendous amount of mercy. Because the saints were seen as more than just mortal men, their tombs, after they had passes on to the next life, were seen as holy as well. These grave sites were seen as “holy” because “ they allowed the average person to encounter their power and mercy that the saints possessed. The tombs of the saints “were privileged places, where the contrasted poles of Heaven and Earth met”(Brown2). Today this sounds a bit silly to think that a deceased person’s grav...
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...ationship with God was because they felt unworthy. I believe that the structure of the Roman Catholic Church hierarchy system is responsible for why people feel compel to have a middleman between themselves and God. After reading this primary source what surprised me the most was how comfortable the people seemed with the idea of death. People during the late antiquity were surrounded by death. It would seem as if they were numb to the morbid idea of a decaying body.
Brown, Peter. The Cult of the Saints: Its Rise and Function in Latin Christianity. Chicago [u.a.: Univ. of Chicago, 2007. Print.
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