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The Start Of Pentecost, In A Durham Missal

The Start Of Pentecost, In A Durham Missal

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1348

Shelfmark: Harley MS 5289

Item number: f.216v

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. This initial 'S' marks the start of Pentecost, one of the major feasts in the church year, commemorating the occasion after Christ's Ascension to heaven, when the Holy Spirit came down on the disciples in the form of tongues of fire.

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