hedge sermon

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English[edit]

Pieter Bruegel the Elder, The Sermon of St. John the Baptist (1566, detail), Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary. Some scholars contend that the painting depicts a clandestine sermon held by the Protestant reformers of that time.

Etymology[edit]

Calque of Dutch hagepreek, from hage (hedge) + preek (sermon).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈhɛdʒ ˌsɝmən/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: hedge ser‧mon

Noun[edit]

hedge sermon (plural hedge sermons)

  1. (Christianity, historical) An open-air religious service held by Calvinists in the Low Countries during the Reformation, typically in rural areas beyond the reach of civic authorities.
    • 1999, Geert Mak; Philipp Blom, transl., Amsterdam: A Brief Life of the City, London: Harvill Press, ISBN 978-1-86046-598-7; republished London: Vintage Books, 2001, ISBN 978-1-86046-789-9, page 82:
      Fearing an escalation of the unrest, the city administrators made some important concessions to the Protestants: the Catholic churches were closed after the removal of all religious images; the Calvinists were permitted to hold their hedge sermons, albeit only outside the city [].
    • 2008, Peter J. Arnade, Beggars, Iconoclasts, and Civic Patriots: The Political Culture of the Dutch Revolt, Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, →ISBN, page 71:
      The first so-called hedge sermon was held in the cemetery of Boeschepe in the always turbulent Flemish Westkwartier on Sunday morning, July 12, timed to coincide with mass.
    • 2008, James D[onald] Tracey, The Founding of the Dutch Republic: War, Finance, and Politics in Holland, 1572–1588, Oxford: Oxford University Press, →ISBN:
      Even after the iconoclasm that began on 10 August, many in the Netherlands hoped to see freedom of worship for all, without public violence, hedge-sermons, or the burning of heretics.

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