May 18, 2009
Leaf from an Antiphonary: Initial L with St. Augustine blessing three acolytes
Germany–Regensburg, ca. 1300
Parchment with ink, paint, and gold
Begins the first antiphon of first Vespers for the feast of St. Augustine (Aug. 28), “Letare, mater nostra ierusalem …” (Rejoice, our Mother Jerusalem). Augustine of Hippo (354-430) was a Doctor of the Church and became Bishop of Hippo in North Africa in 396. His writings include Confessions and City of God and have dominated Western Christian theology since his lifetime. This leaf can be dated to ca. 1300-1310.
Free Library of Philadelphia, Lewis E M 42:13