Item No: mcai650041
Additional Title: Antiphonary
Rare Book Department
Initial A with the Presentation in the Temple
These leaves can be dated to ca. 1430-1440.
This initial begins the first response of the first nocturn of Matins for the feast of the Purification of the Virgin (Feb. 2), "Adorna thalamum tuum Sion et suscipe regem Christum ..." (Adorn your bridal chamber, Sion, and receive Christ the King).
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