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The Start Of The Sanctorale, In A Durham Missal

The Start Of The Sanctorale, In A Durham Missal

Medium: Ink, pigments and gold on vellum

Date: 1348

Shelfmark: Harley MS 5289

Item number: f.290r

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 Sanctorale of a Missal usually starts around the feast of St. Andrew (30 November), roughly corresponding to the Temporale, which starts three to four weeks before Christmas.

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