The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church - Vol. 5

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CHAPTER V
Franciscan Preaching in
Spanish California

As a boy growing up in California, I was fascinated by the story of the Franciscan friars who founded the missions all along the coast from San Diego to San Francisco. In school we all learned about Padre Junípero Serra (1713-84) and the churches he founded at San Gabriel, Santa Barbara, and Carmel, and how he and his fellow missionaries walked along El Camino Real from one mission to the next. That was part of California history.1 As I have grown older and become more and more interested in the history of Christian worship, I naturally have wondered about those padres and how they initiated the ministry of the Word in my native state.2

Slowly it has begun to grow on me that the Franciscans had a passion for preaching, and as a Presbyterian I could hardly be anything other than approving. So many California towns are named for great preachers: San Francisco, San Bernardino, San Juan Capistrano, San Antonio, and

1. The Franciscan mission to New Mexico was considerably older than the mission to California, but it had nothing like the quality of leadership the mission to California had. Cf. the recent study of Jim Norris, After “The Year Eighty”: The Demise of Franciscan Power in Spanish New Mexico (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 2000).

2. While it has been my usual practice to study preaching on the basis of the sermons that have been preserved, in this case I have not found any sermons preached by the Spanish missionaries in California. The missionaries did, however, leave considerable records of their work from which we can learn at least something about their preaching.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Preface xiii
  • Chapter I - Moderatism 1
  • Chapter II - The Awakenings of Eighteenth-Century Pietism 69
  • Chapter III - New England 168
  • Chapter IV - Preaching in the Austro-Hungarian Empire 294
  • Chapter V - Franciscan Preaching in Spanish California 351
  • Chapter VI - Romanian Orthodoxy under the Turks 367
  • Chapter VII - The Russian Orthodox Church 389
  • Chapter VIII - Scotland 429
  • Chapter IX - Evangelical Anglicanism 541
  • Bibliography 579
  • Index 601
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