Item No: mca1310870
Additional Title: Book of Hours, use of Utrecht
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Christ, in a monk's habit, carrying the Cross
This opening begins the Short Hours of the Cross, a series of devotions on the Passion of Christ. The miniature on the verso helps to guide the reader's thoughts as he or she begins the prayers. Burdened by the weight of his cross, Christ speaks directly to the reader, in the form of an inscribed scroll placed above his head, saying, "If any man will follow me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" (Mark 8:34).
This book of hours contains the Dutch translations of some of the devotional texts typically found in Latin books of hours. The Dutch translations were made around 1380 by Geert Groote, one of the founders of a popular religious movement in the Netherlands. Known as the Devotio Moderna, or "Modern Devotion," the movement emphasized devotion to the life and humanity of Christ and aimed to enhance the spiritual lives of the laity.
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Lewis E 131
Geert Groote (translator) - Author