6. Liturgy

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This collection starts with Christianity's earliest liturgical manuscripts from the 3rd century AD and comprises a great variety of liturgical texts of the Roman Catholic, Greek, Russian and Syrian Orthodox churches.

Name of Christ | MS 245/07

MS in Sahidic on limestone, Egypt, 7th c., 1 limestone, 22x17 cm, single column, 40 lines in a sloping Coptic uncial.

South Weald Missal | MS 673 (1)

MS in Latin and Middle English (text 2) on vellum, South Weald, Essex, 1405-10, 36 lines in a Gothic liturgical book script, music notation, 15 large illuminated initials, 1 large illuminated initial in the style of the workshop of Herman Scheere.

Missal with Additional Offices | MS 195 (1)
MS in Latin on paper, Augsburg?, Southern Germany, ca. 1485, lines in a Gothic bastarda book script, musical Hufnagel notation, numerous painted initials, some with border decoration,full-page miniature of the Crucifixion in Rhenish style.
Gradual | MS 004
MS in Latin on vellum, Spain, mid 16th c., 5 lines in a rounded late Gothic liturgical book script, square notation on a 5-line red staff, 135 large decorated initials, 2 very large decorated initials with extremely elaborate penwork.
Franciscan Breviary | MS 009 (1)
MS in Latin and German on vellum, Germany, 14th c., 24 lines in a large rotunda Gothic book script of medium quality, decorated initials throughout and 30 large decorated initials with penwork in red and blue.
Bridgettine Breviary | MS 039
MS in Latin on vellum, Brabant, Belgium, 15th c., 18 lines in a regular Gothic book script of high grade and quality, 18 large decorated initials with 3/4 borders, and 2 near full-page initials, one including a sacred heart on the Cross.
Antiphonal & Guide to Ecclesiastical Chant | MS 198 (1)
MS in Latin on vellum, Germany, 1430, 10 lines of text and music in a formal Gothic book script, square notation, calligraphic initials, 18 large initials, 4 very large initials with elaborate decoration.
Sacramentary | MS 2204

MS in Latin on vellum, Bari, Italy, early 12th c., 21 lines in Beneventan minuscule of the Bari type, Beneventan neumes, small initials, some intertwined with foliate decoration and zoomorphic finials.