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The Start Of Advent In The Temporale Of A Durham Missal

The Start Of Advent In The Temporale Of A Durham Missal

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1348

Shelfmark: Harley MS 5289

Item number: f.9r

Length: 26.5

Width: 15

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Illuminated manuscript

A Missal is necessary for the celebration of the Mass: it is likely that each priest or altar would have had one. Flyleaf inscriptions record that this manuscript was acquired for Durham cathedral through Prior John Fossor (1341-1374), and that it was kept at the altar of Sts. John the Baptist and Margaret in the Chapel of the Nine Altars. The text of a Missal usually starts with Advent (the period leading up to Christmas) and begins, as here, with a large initial 'A'.

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