Ownership Inscription, In A Volume Of Works By St. Augustine And Others
Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum
Belonging in the Middle Ages to the cathedral priory of Rochester, this manuscript contains a large collection of St Augustine's sermons, mostly on parts of the New Testament. Its attractive bold handwriting is further enlivened by elaborately decorated letters beginning three sermons, while the others have large coloured first letters. Augustine (354-430) was one of the great preachers of early Christianity, his hundreds of sermons being copied many times and distributed throughout the medieval western church. This copy of his sermons may have been read from during the daily prayer services of the canons and monks--although it is not organised according to the calendar of feast days--and probably was used as a resource for the writing of sermons to be delivered at mass.
This page has a table of contents listing the sermons on the words of Jesus from Gospel of Matthew. It gives the first words from scripture on which the sermon is written and is arranged according to the order of the Gospel not feast days, making such a list necessary for convenient use. In the lower margin the librarian or precentor has inscribed that the manuscript belongs to the cloister 'Roffensis' (the latin name for Rochester).