(Italy: ca. 1100). 300 x 205 mm. (11 7/8 x 8"). Double column, 29 lines in a handsome late Carolingian hand.
Attractively matted. Rubrics in red alternating with black ink, some of these in uncials, recto with one two-line and one four-line initial in red, verso with six-line initial "F" in red. Thin, faint brown stains at three edges, the large "F" with its trailing flourish just slightly nipped at fore edge, half a dozen tiny wormholes, a few letters (including a large "C") at inner margin of recto vaguely faded, otherwise IN REMARKABLE CONDITION, the vellum fresh and clean, and the original richness of the text almost entirely preserved.
On the final Sundays of Lent, the ancient Roman liturgy had special services "pro scrutinio" for the preparation of catechumens for baptism on Holy Saturday. This leaf has text for the third of these ceremonies, a Mass "in aurium apertione" (i.e., for the "opening of ears"), celebrated on the fifth Sunday of Lent, with a collect and two lessons, one from Isaiah 55 (which appropriately deals with listening), and Colossians 3. The rubric in the first paragraph of the recto is unusual in that it is written in alternating lines of red and black ink (normally, we expect to see rubrics written in red ink only). (ST16379-011)
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PJP Catalog: 78.003