Feast of St. John the Apostle, December 27
May 18, 2009
Antiphonary, Dominican use: Feast of St. John the Apostle, December 27
France, early 14th century
Script: Gothic bookhand (part one); Rotunda semitextualis (part two)
Parchment with ink and paint
This antiphonary was made in France and eventually made its way to Italy by the 16th century, as there are added chants at the end of the volume which can clearly be dated to Italy in that time period.
This decorated initial U begins the response for the first nocturn of Matins for the Feast of St. John the Apostle, Dec. 27: “Valde honorandus est beatus iohannes qui supra pectus domini in cena recubuit. . .” (Very highly we must venerate blessed John; for during the Last Supper he reclined on the breast of the Lord). The page has been mended with green thread, possibly in the 18th or 19th century. This entire volume was well-used and well-worn, as it has mendings throughout, in addition to rips and tears from use.
Free Library of Philadelphia Lewis E 6 f158v