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Title: Nieuwjaarspreek met uitdeling van symbolische geschenken (1545)
Author(s): BRAEKMAN, W.L.
Journal: Ons Geestelijk Erf
Volume: 73 Issue: 2-3 Date: juni-september 1999
New-Year’s day sermons in which parish priests distributed imaginary and symbolic gifts, strenae spirituales, among various groups of their flock are known to have been popular in the 17th and 18th centuries in Germany and the Low Countries. Though believed to be German in origin, they are also well known in the Netherlands, especially in printed 17th-century collections of Latin sermons. Examples of this type in the vernacular, all dating from the late 17thand 18th centuries, are found in collections published by e.g. Johannes Nanning and Antonius Hennequin.
The here edited, recently discovered fragment of a gift sermon in Dutch is an exceptionally early example that, moreover, can be accurately dated 1545. It has turned up in the handwritten manual of the parish priest Peeter Verhasselt of Mazenzele in Brabant. Its existence reveals that this kind of sermon was already known in the Low Countries, even in small rural communities in the early sixteenth century.