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MS. Canon. Liturg. 369

Summary Catalogue no.: 19453


Missal, Use of Rome

Calendar (fol. 1); temporale (fol. 7) with general rubrics (fol. 101v) and order of the mass (fol. 102v: Paratus sacerdos); sanctorale (fol. 157v); common of the saints and the dedication (203); votive masses (fol. 223v); blessing of holy water (fol. 240v); masses of the Visitation of the Virgin, the Five Wounds (fol. 241v), St. Sebastian, St. Raphael and the Transfiguration (fol. 244), the last three masses being contemporary additions. A leaf with intonations (fol. 249), a treatise De casibus contingentibus in sacramento (fol. 250), lists of feasts (fol. 251) of commendments, the sacraments, a paraphrase of the Creed; Ordo agendorum et dicendorum in missa (fol. 252v: Indutus planeta); prayers before mass (fol. 254v: Quando sacerdos preparat se); missa pro seipso sacerdote (fol. 255: Deus in adiutorium); missa contra pestem (fol. 256: Recordare).

Language(s): Latin

Physical Description

Form: codex
Support: parchment
Extent: ii + 257 + ii fol.
Dimensions (leaf): 323 × 237 mm.
Dimensions (written): 208 × 162 mm.


2 col. of 32 lines

Musical Notation:

Square notation on 8 staves.


Fine miniatures, borders, initials. (Pächt and Alexander ii. 945, pl. LXXX)

Fine miniatures and coloured borders. At the beginning of the canon (113v) a full-page crucifixion by the seaside. Under the T of Te igitur, a group of religious dressed in brown habits like Friars Minor; see fol.195v, and the kalendar.


Origin: 15th century, middle ; Italian, Veneto (?)

Provenance and Acquisition

Liturgical evidence for the church of St. Jerome, Spoleto. The diocese of Spoleto had no community of Jeronimites. The church of St. Jerome at Spoleto itself had an adjacent oratory for the confraternity of St. Jerome, assisted by a canon of the collegiate church of St. Peter. At the nearby village of Monte Luco there was an eremo dedicated to St. Jerome. The many other oratories in the diocese can hardly be the places for which such an elaborate book could have been made.

Record Sources

Adapted (2018) from S. J. P. Van Dijk, Handlist of the Latin Liturgical Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford (typescript) Vol. 1: Mass Books; Pächt and Alexander; and the Summary Catalogue.

Digital Images

Digital Bodleian (6 images from 35mm slides)


Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.