Item No: mcai250191
Additional Title: Gradual
Rare Book Department
Initial S with the Ordination of a priest
This cutting can be dated to ca. 1300.
This initial probably begins the Introit for the Common of One Confessor, "Sacerdotes tui domine in duant justitiam ..." (Let thy priests go clad in the vesture of innocence), although there is not enough textual evidence to confirm this. The scene represented in the initial is the investiture of a new priest with the stole and chasuble (the vestments a priest wears during Mass), an event that occurs during the ordination of new priests. Although the execution of the scene in the initial is somewhat awkward, it shows the new priest bowing before the bishop in order to receive the vestments. The third figure, a priest, assists the bishop in pulling the vestments over the head of the new priest.
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Lewis E M 25:19