Item No: mcai730021
Additional Title: Gradual
Rare Book Department
Initial R with the Annunciation
This initial begins the Introit for the feast of the Annunciation (Mar. 25), "Rorate coeli de super ..." (Drop down dew, O heavens, from above). Taking advantage of the roundels created in the decorative foliage, the illuminator has placed the Archangel Gabriel in one of the roundels below the Virgin, thereby giving greater emphasis to her presence in this scene of the Annunciation.
Along the lower margin in a much later hand is notation for additional feast days, listing what appears to be the folio numbers followed by the liturgical contents. Such additions to medieval choir books indicate their continued use in churches and abbeys for several generations after being made.
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Lewis E M 73:1-4