Mopdelo de intervenção oratória no Portugal contemporâneo: a Missão popular

Translated title of the contribution: Model of oratory intervention in contemporary Portugal: the Popular Mission

Acácio Sanches*

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The Popular Missions sought to meet the needs of specialized preaching in the Catholic Church from Trent to Vatican II. In its traditional structure, they lasted between eight and fifteen days. They involved the displacement of several missionary agents and recruitment on location of several teams of lay people. During the days of preaching, preceded by a period of careful preparation of the sociological universe to achieve, the missionary program occupied the whole dayfrom the morning Eucharist, to the great sermon, through visiting the sick, the specialized conferences and the children's catechesis. The missionaries valorized high-impact activities such as public processions, Stations of the Cross and large concentrations. After the Mission, the preachers left in the parish various physical and spiritual elements that made endure in the collective memory not only the doctrine but also the whole environment of the mission; they also sought that the faithful decided to enroll in certain pious works that would engage them in a healthy Christian militancy.
Translated title of the contributionModel of oratory intervention in contemporary Portugal: the Popular Mission
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)179-194
Number of pages16
JournalLusitania Sacra
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2011


  • Popular mission
  • Interior missions
  • Preaching
  • Oratory
  • Popular religiosity


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