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A Cheerful and Comfortable FaithAnglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of Eighteenth-Century Virginia$
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Lauren Winner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780300124699

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300124699.001.0001

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With Cold Water and Silver Bowls

With Cold Water and Silver Bowls

Becoming an Anglican in Eighteenth-Century Virginia

(p.27) Chapter One With Cold Water and Silver Bowls
A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith

Lauren F. Winner

Yale University Press

This chapter explains that silver was used at the altar because of its divine connotations, and its use in the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion further instructed people that silver was the right material to use in rituals. If Anglican infant baptism thus served the emotional needs of parents of ill or dead children, Anglican baptism was, in other ways, in tension with the prerogatives of the gentry family. Silver's signification of divinity was in no way in tension with its signification of worldly status and hierarchy. When Baptists, Quakers, and Anglicans criticized one another's baptismal practices, the disagreement was about more than a single ceremony. It was a disagreement about the relationship of the Christian to the world, and about the shape of Christian life. For elite Anglicans reading the Virginia Gazette article, clothing also created community, expressed religious sensibility, and featured in significant Christian rituals.

Keywords:   silver, divine connotations, sacraments, baptism, Holy Communion, Anglican infant baptism, divinity, Virginia Gazette article

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