Item No: mcai740071
Additional Title: Antiphonary
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Initial L with the Martyrdom of St. Laurence of Rome
These leaves can be dated to ca. 1270-80.
This initial begins the first response of the first nocturn of Matins for the feast of St. Lawrence of Rome (Aug. 10), "Levita laurentius bonum opus operatus est ...;" (The Levite Laurence has wrought good work). St. Laurence was martyred in 258 during the persecutions of the Roman Emperor Valerian. According to his legend he was tied to a gridiron and placed over a fire to slowly burn to death.
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Lewis E M 74:4-7