A Proper Church Clergy in Error A Proper Priest Description of a Monk

The church was the center, not only of the religious life, but also of the social life of a medieval village. Here, the villagers would go through their rites of passage; baptism, marriage (vows at the church door were usually sufficient), churching after childbirth, the last sacrament, and burial. Lateran Council IV in 1215 required every person to go to confession and take communion at least once a year. The Church, with its Sundays and numerous feastdays, could also provide a welcome break in the life of the villagers, although these days were perhaps not always spent in the way the Church envisioned...
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