Feast of All Saints – Breviary Meditations
* Taken from Daily Breviary Meditations: Meditations for
Every Day on the Scriptural Lessons of the Roman Breviary, in accordance
with the Encyclical “Divino Afflante,” written by the
Most Rev. Joseph Angrisani, Bishop of Casale-Monferrato, and translated
by Rev. Father Joseph A. McMullin of St. Charles Seminary at
Philadelphia, PA (Vol. 4; New York: Benziger Brothers, Inc., 1954).
Pretty medieval manuscript of the day is a lavishly illustrated Franciscan breviary. The historiated initial shows David with his harp. The border contains fantastical creatures, and owls, and dragons, and naked figures fighting, and angels bearing coats of arms, and… well really there is just so much going on here that the best thing you can do is take a proper close-up look! If this image isn’t high res enough for you, check out the original over on Flickr.
MS 39 in the University of Edinburgh Library. Book of hours, use of Sarum, written and illuminated in England c. 1430. Otherwise known as the Breviary of St. Catherine.
Got to play with this lovely lady in class today! I say “lady” because the book opens with the Hymn of St. Catherine and also includes a prayer at the end of the Psalms of the Passion, in which the words have feminine endings- this indicates that this book was executed for a female owner. It is a GORGEOUS example of mid-15th century English illumination; I initially thought it was French due to the skill in which it was executed! It is very well preserved, with bright colors and lots of very shiny burnished gold leaf.
Side note: This book was rebound in the 1950s in a medieval style. This is really cool to me, as I’m currently writing my dissertation on issues in rebinding of illuminated manuscripts!