Item No: mcai290031
Additional Title: Service book
Rare Book Department
Although the identity of this saint remains to be determined, his black habit indicates that he is a Benedictine monk, and the palm branch that he holds in his left hand indicates that he is a martyr. In Roman times, athletes and warriors were awarded a palm branch as a symbol of victory. Early Christians adapted the Roman symbolism to make the palm symbolize a martyr's spiritual victory over death.
Initial R with a Benedictine martyr saint
This cutting can be dated to ca. 1470.
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Lewis E M 29:3