Crusade Propaganda and Ideology: Model Sermons for the Preaching of the Cross

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James of Vitry
SERMON II
Another sermon to those who are or will become crusaders
1. Theme taken from Jeremiah: Raise a sign in Zion, be strong and do not delay!
< About the preacher's task and the virtue of preaching >
2. Lead out the people that are blind yet have eyes, that are deaf yet have ears. With these words Isaiah explains the preacher's task and the virtue of preaching. By his word and example a preacher must lead sinners away from a bad way of life as the adder [is led] from its cave, as it says in Job: The crooked snake is led out by the midwife's hand of wisdom.He must treat weak sinners carefully and gently as midwives [treat] women, and this with the hand of good works and the wisdom of preaching. People believe a messenger who is educated, that is who has knowledge

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