St Maurus (d. 584) is one of the most famous disciples of St Benedict of Nursia (d. c. 550), the author of the Benedictine Rule. St Maurus was sent by St Benedict to Gaul to disseminate the Rule, where he founded Glanfeuil, a monastery in the Loire valley, not far from Angers. According to a life of St Maurus written by Odo of Glanfeuil, the abbot there from 861, the monks of Glanfeuil fled with the relics of the Saint in the face of Norman invasions in 862. In 868 they found protection in the abbey of St Pierre des Fossés, near Paris, which then became the centre of St Maurus’s cult and was rededicated to him.
Several manuscripts containing texts related to St Maurus were produced there in the 11th and 12th centuries, including this Lectionary, which takes its name from the Abbey. A Lectionary includes the lessons (Scripture readings) for Mass. In this copy, Odo’s Life of St Maurus and sermons about his miracles have been added to the work.
This manuscript was digitised with the support of The Polonsky Foundation.