Treasures Unveiled (1): A Durham Missal from the 15th century
by Laurence Worms - Ash Rare Books
To launch our new blog, here we present a series of vignettes of intriguing, and often beautiful, items from our Collections. Durham Cathedral has custody of a breathtaking array of artefacts, spanning hundreds of years of history; to learn more, you might like to visit http://www.durhamcathedral.co.uk/heritage/collections.
Our first post in this Treasures Unveiled series is a 15th century Missal from the parish Church of St. Nicholas in Durham.
Here is a full-page illustration of the Crucifixion, found in its traditional place in this Missal – before the Canon of the Mass, the core of the service (© Durham Cathedral Library)
A Missal was a book which contained all the necessary material for a priest to conduct services in Latin; their survival today is rare, as all Missals and Latin service books were removed from churches in 1549, with the introduction of the first Book of Common Prayer (which set…
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