By Reginald Maxwell Woolley
The benedictional used to be a bishop's booklet, containing the prayers which just a bishop (or archbishop) may well pronounce whilst he acknowledged mass, usually a lavish creation. numerous have survived from Anglo-Saxon England and those have lately been attracting the eye of liturgists and palaeographers. essentially the most very important is the `Canterbury Benedictional', now London, British Library, Harley 2892, written at Christ Church, Canterbury, round the heart of the 11th century. The `Canterbury Benedictional' presents a necessary list of liturgical observance on the seat of the English archbishop. specifically, it supplies a whole checklist of the cult of saints on the metropolitan see within the final days of the Anglo-Saxon church. The Latin textual content is observed via an creation and distinct liturgical notes within which the relationships among the surviving Anglo-Saxon benedictionals and their continental antecedents are set out for the 1st time. The publication might be of curiosity to scholars of the medieval liturgy, and to historians of the Anglo-Saxon church. First released 1917.
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In montana mox studuit conscendere . uos faciat /per montana uirtu- [fo. 21 tum ad uisionem pacis eterne* quantotius properare. Amen. Et quem beatus baptista iohannes materno adhuc inclusus utero . motibus exultationis meruit agnoscere . uos annuat eundem interno semper affectu diligere . sanctique spiritus infusione iugiter exuberare. Amen. Quo cum maria ita dominum in presenti studeatis magnificare . ut in futuro cum ipsa sine fine in deo salutari uestro mereamini exultare. Amen. Quod ipse. 1leg.
The incipits of the psalms in Harl. 2892 appear to follow the Roman version, which was generally in use in England till the time of the Norman Conquest. I am much indebted to Mr. Wilson and Mr. Dewick. Mr. Wilson has helped me greatly by his valuable criticisms and suggestions. Mr. Dewick has been at the labour of seeing the book through the press. Both have been unfailingly kind in helping to settle the many questions that have arisen during the preparation of the work. Mr. Wilson, Mr. Dewick, and Dr.
S. Dunstani. (4) 3. Inuentio S. Crucis. (2) 26. S. augustini Archiepiscopi. (3) 18. Vigilia. JUNE 8. Translatio S. Ælfegi Mart. (3) 26. S. Saluii Ep. et Mart. 11. S. Barnabae. 28. Vigilia. 23. S. Ætheldryðae. Vigilia. 29. SS. Petri et Pauli. (2) 24. S. Iohannis Baptistae. 30. Commem. S. Pauli Ap. Page xv JULY 2. S. Suithuni Ep. 13. S. Myldryðae. 6. Oct. Petri et Pauli. (2) S. Iacobi Apostoli. (2) 11. Translatio S. Benedicti. (2) AUGUST 1. Ad uincula S. Petri. SS. Machabaeorum et S. Æðelwoldi. 15.
The Canterbury Benedictional British Museum Harl. MS. 2892 (Henry Bradshaw Society) by Reginald Maxwell Woolley