Catechesis and Dramatisation: the Holy Spirit in Vincent Ferrer’s Pentecost Sermons

Anuario de Estudios Medievales. 2019;49(1):75-101 DOI 10.3989/aem.2019.49.1.03


Journal Homepage

Journal Title: Anuario de Estudios Medievales

ISSN: 0066-5061 (Print); 1988-4230 (Online)

Publisher: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

LCC Subject Category: History (General) and history of Europe: History (General): Medieval history

Country of publisher: Spain

Language of fulltext: Portuguese, English, Catalan, Spanish, Italian, French

Full-text formats available: PDF



Pietro Delcorno (University of Leeds / University of the Witwatersrand)


Double blind peer review

Editorial Board

Instructions for authors

Time From Submission to Publication: 48 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

The article focuses on the communicative skills of Vincent Ferrer and on his ability to merge catechesis and narrative inventiveness. The analysis is conducted on six versions of the sermon Repleti sunt omnes Spiritu Sancto (notes, reportationes, and model sermons), which were preached by Ferrer in different parts of Europe. The texts highlight how Pentecost provided Ferrer with the opportunity to develop a lively dramatisation of the biblical episode and how preaching gave to the faithful a mediated, and yet not simplistic access to the Bible. By presenting the apostolic community as the exemplary model for his listeners, Ferrer elaborated on both the role of preaching and the way to welcome the Holy Spirit.