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- n. Children dedicated in their early years to the monastic state.
- n. A class of persons, especially in the Middle Ages, who offered themselves and their property to a monastery.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. Children dedicated in their early years to the monastic state.
- n.pl. A class of persons, especially in the Middle Ages, who offered themselves and their property to a monastery.
Dicimus quod parvuli illi Iudeorum erant, octava die circumcisi secundum legem, et ita nullum peccatum habebant quia per circumcisionem remissa erant eis originalia vel, si aliqui qui circumcisi adhuc non erant tunc oblati sunt ad Dominum, et imposito complexu et contractu dominico mundati sunt. back
Respondit Catholicus contra, si esset sicut tu dicis non essent oblati Christo sed potius offerrent alios. back
A. 3, p. 173: Item in Matheo: Tunc oblati sunt parvuli ut manus eis imponeret et oraret.
Anglorum me nuper ad Dominum Regum Francorum nuntium distinasset, libri Legum venales Parisius oblati sunt mihi ab illo B. publico mangone librorum: qui cum ad opus cujusdam mei nepotis idoner viderentur conveni cum eo de pretio et eos apud venditorem dismittens, ei pretium numeravi; superveniente vero C.
In the internal school the pupils were novices, future members of the order, some of whom were offered up (oblati) by their parents at a tender age.
The majority of St. Benedict's monks were not clerics, and all performed manual labour, the word conversi being used only to designate those who had received the habit late in life, to distinguish them from the oblati and nutriti.
The conversi were thus distinguished from the oblati or those who, as children, were presented or offered (oblati) by their parents to the religious life and were placed in a monastery to receive proper religious instruction and to be educated in profane knowledge.
They were or two kinds: the fratres barbati or conversi, who took vows but were not claustral or enclosed monks, and the oblati, workmen or servants who voluntarily subjected themselves, whilst in the service of the monastery, to religious obedience and observance.
Benedictines, for instance at first carefully differentiated between conversi, commissi, and oblati; the nature of the vows and the forms of the habits were in each case specifically distinct.
As children were constantly being received, ordinarily at the age of seven, these _oblati_ needed instruction.
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