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St John's College MS 141

Gregory the Great, Homelia in evangelia


Language(s): Latin

1. Fols. 2–154v:
Incipit: Inter sacra missarum solempnia ex hijs que diebus certis in hac ecclesia […] [fol. 2v, the text] In illo tempore dixit ihesus […] Erunt signa in sole […]
Rubric: Omelia lectionis eiusdem beati GREGORIJ habita ad populum in basilica beau petri Omelia prima
Incipit: Dominus ac redemptor noster paratos nos incidere desiderans senescentem mundum
Explicit: Sed hec omnipotens deus qui per me in vestris auribus loquitur per se in vestris mentibus loquatur Qui viuit [form ending] Amen
GREGORY THE GREAT, Omeliae xl in Evangelia (CPL 1711), ed. PL 76:1075–1312. The text is preceded (fol. 1rv) by a table listing the forty homilies. Three pages are blank (fols. 56, 100rv), but the text is continuous.
2. Fols. 154v–69v:
Incipit: In illo tempore Factum est cum loqueretur ihesus […] quedam mulier de turba dixit illi Beatus venter […] In sacris vigilijs beate marie semper virginis preclare assumpcionis de euangelica leccione loquendum est
Incipit: [fol. 164] exempla veterum vt cum triumpho miremur et gloria sancte dei genetricis ad celos ascensum Legimus quod regina saba venit ad regem salomonem in ierusalem cum magnis oper opibus et camelis
Explicit: mortis laqueis ab inferni claustris eripueris omnes glorie matris tue ascribantur […]
A further unidentified sermon (or pair?).

Fol. 170 has been ripped out, leaving a small fragment with a bit of writing (‘tando’, not in the scribal hand).

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: Inter sacra (fol. 2)
Secundo Folio: -mus ipsum (fol. 3)
Form: codex
Support: Paper. The quires are typically regular groups of three sheets folded in quarto. Fol. 46, with mark, may be a replacement leaf; and quires 8 and 14 are constructed of two full sheets plus an unwatermarked half-sheet (fols. 85 + 94) and of four full sheets respectively. There are four paper stocks, in the main in large blocks:

A: Waage/Balance: generally of Piccard’s Type I, nos. 11–180, stocks common 1410 × 1450: quire 1 and the outermost sheet of quire 2 (four sheets total).

B: Frucht/Fruit: most closely resembles Briquet, no. 7424 (Bavaria, 1427, variants Provence 1429, Bruges 1435), although our mould is damaged and lacks one berry; cf. Piccard Type II, nos. 322–441, in the main of the 1420s: the two inner sheets of quire 2, quires 3–7, the middle sheet of quire 8 (eighteen sheets total).

C: Frucht/Fruit: cf. Briquet, no. 7422 (Carinthia, 1429): a single example, the inner sheet of quire 8.

D: Monts/Dreiberg: generally of Piccard’s Type II, nos. 474–637, stocks common 1410 × 1432, with isolated later examples: quires 9–14 (nineteen sheets total).

Extent: Fols. iii + 170 + iii (numbered fols. iv–vi).
Dimensions (leaf): 207 × 145 mm.
Dimensions (written): 155 × 90 mm.


1–712 810 9–1312 1416 (16 a fragment). Boxed catchwords at the inner bounding line; no signatures.


In long lines, 31 lines to the page. In earlier portions (to fol. 84v), prickings, bounded and ruled in brown crayon; thereafter simply bounded in black ink.


Written in mixed anglicana-secretary, with gothic textura semiquadrata for textual lemmata. Punctuation by medial point only.


Headings and running titles (the homily number at the top of rectos, for item 1 only) in red.

Two-line red lombards at the head of each gospel and of the sermon.

Lemmata underlined in red and the text divided with red-slashed capitals.


A modern replacement. Sewn on five thongs. At the front, a marbled paper leaf and two modern paper flyleaves; at the rear, two modern paper flyleaves and another marbled leaf (iv–vi).


Origin: s. xv med. ; England

Provenance and Acquisition

‘Liber Collegij Sanctj Johannis Baptistae Oxon ex dono Richardj Butler Doctoris Theologiae Archidiaconi Northampt rogatu Reuerendo Patre Episcopo Roffens 1613’ (fol. 2, upper margin).

Record Sources

Ralph Hanna, A descriptive catalogue of the western medieval manuscripts of St. John's College, Oxford (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002)


For enquiries relating to this manuscript please contact St John's College Library.


    C-M Briquet, ed. Allan Stevenson, Les filigranes: Dictionnaire historique des marques du papier des leur apparition vers 1292 jusqu'en 1600: A Facsimile of the 1907 edition with supplementary material contributed by a number of scholars, 4 vols. (Amsterdam, 1968).
    Eligius Dekkers and Aemilius Gaar, Clavis patrum latinorum, 3rd edn. (Turnhout, 1995).
    Jacques-Paul Migne (ed.), Patrologia Latina 79 (Paris 1849).
    Gerhard Piccard, Die Wasserzeichenkartei Piccard im Hauptstadts-archiv Stuttgart: Findbuch, currently 17 vols. (Stuttgard, 1961– ).

Funding of Cataloguing

Conversion of the printed catalogue to TEI funded by the Thompson Family Charitable Trust

Last Substantive Revision

2021-12: First online publication

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