Item No: mcai280081
Additional Title: Gradual
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Initial N with St. Peter in prison
This cutting can be dated to ca. 1400.
This initial begins the Introit of the Mass for the feast of St. Peter in Chains (Aug. 1), "Nunc scio vere quia misit Dominus angelum suum..." (Now I can tell for certain that the Lord has sent his angel). According to the Acts of the Apostles, Peter was persecuted by Herod Agrippa and thrown into prison for preaching the Christian faith (Acts 12:1-23). The keys that St. Peter is holding in this initial are his attribute, referring to Christ's gift to him of the keys of heaven.
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Lewis E M 28:8