Item No: mcai650481
Additional Title: Antiphonary
Rare Book Department
Initial A with St. Benedict
These leaves can be dated to ca. 1430-1440.
This initial begins the first antiphon of Lauds for the feast of St. Benedict (March 21), "Armis precinctus vere fidei benedictus idola dum stravit sedem tibi christen paravit" (Girded with arms of true faith, Benedict struck down idols while he prepared a seat for you O Christ).
Lewis E M 65:1-78 were once thought to have come from a single manuscript associated with the Cistercian monastery at Zwettl in Austria. It has been determined, however, that the leaves are from a number of separate manuscripts and were likely produced by a team of scribes and artists at the scriptorium of the Benedictine monastery at Melk.
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Lewis E M 65:1-78