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The Ordination of an Abbot, in a Pontifical from St Mungo's

The Ordination of an Abbot, in a Pontifical from St Mungo's

Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum

Date: 1150

Shelfmark: Cotton MS Tiberius B VIII

Item number: f.107r

Length: 27.5

Width: 18.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

A pontifical has instructions for the performance of all the sacraments conducted by a bishop. These episcopal services are often complex with prayers, hymns and processions. This pontifical belonged to the medieval cathedral of St Mungo, in Glasgow. It has early musical notation for hymns. In most cases, a bishop conducted the ceremony of the ordination of an abbot or head of a monastery. This page gives instructions, prayers and readings for the ceremony. Instructions are written in red, while prayers, hymns and readings are in black. The red letters 'Epc' indicate the bishop is to say the words that follow, and the lines of red writing instruct the bishop to stand before the altar.

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