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date: 25 November 2020

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This article shows how sermons were received. It first looks at the preachers' views on sermon hearing and then considers the popularity of sermon attendance. It reviews the popular responses to preaching, tries to understand the setting where sermons were delivered, and lists three important developments that helped determine how sermons were heard and received. The next section demonstrates what happens after the sermon was preached and introduces the concept of sermon notes. The article ends with a discussion of the way parish communities were expected to record and certify the names of visiting preachers.

Keywords: sermon reception, preachers' views, sermon hearing, sermon attendance, popular responses, sermon notes, visiting preachers

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