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Christ Church MS. 689

Missal, probably Use of Rome; Italy (north-west), s. xv2/4


Language(s): Latin

Missal, Use of Rome (?)
1. Fol. 1ra-va
Incipit: ||Incarnati nobis dati verbi uox et baiulus Non precedis fructus florem
Explicit: quam preclarum qui uiuentium aquarum fonte cristum bapti-||

An unidentified sequence (acephalous).

2. Fol. 7ra-vb
Incipit: ||Illumina faciem tuam super seruum tuum et saluum me fac
Explicit: in corpore siue extra corpus nescio deus scit quoniam raptus est||

Portions of the masses for Septuagesima and Sexagesima, ed. Missale Romanum (Rome, 1909), 53–55.

3. Fols 6ra-vb, 2ra-3vb
Incipit: ||bellans tribulauit me Versus Conculcauerunt me inimici mei tota die
Explicit: et bibat Qui credit in me sicut dixit scriptura . . . // . . . Paueant habitantes in uniuersa terra deum danielis

Portions of the masses for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in Passion Week, ed. Missale, 127–28, 130–31.

4. Fols 5ra-vb, 8ra-vb, 4ra-vb
Incipit: ||-die tue Complendum Sanctificationibus tuis omnipotens deus et uicia nostra curentur
Explicit: Saluum me fac deus quoniam intrauerunt aque usque ad animam me- . . . // . . . sic sed qui maior est in uobis fiat sicut minor

Portions of the masses for Tuesday and Wednesday in Holy Week, ed. Missale, 161–62, 164–65, 166–67.

This fragment is described on the ChCh Music Catalogue; warm thanks go to John Milsom for his assistance.

Physical Description

Secundo Folio: Paueant (fol. 2)
Secundo Folio: Illumina (fol. 7)
Form: codex
Support: Parchment
Extent: Fols ii + 8 + ii.
Dimensions (leaf): 300 × 210 mm.


[as bound]: fol. 1 a singleton, 24 (with first and last added as fols 2 and 7, singles, their stubs pasted to one another) fol. 8 a singleton. No catchwords or signatures. However, the scribe numbered, in roman in the upper leading edge of versos, the openings of the manuscript from which these leaves have been drawn: -, ‘cv.’, ‘cvi.’ ‘cxxxix.’, ‘cxxxiiij.’, ‘ciij.’, ‘xxxv.’, ‘cxxxvij.’. This numeration has been used to reorder the contents above; it implies that of the original quire structure, fols 1 and 7 are sole survivors for a quire each; fols 6+3 a bifolium reversed in binding, with fol. 2 a singleton from a bifolium from the same quire; fols 5+4 a bifolium reversed in binding, with fol. 8 a singleton from a bifolium from that quire.


In double columns, each column 194 × 65 mm. , with 15mm between columns, in 30 lines to the column, equivalent to ten noted staves.

No signs of pricking, bounded and ruled in stylus or reddish-brown ink (staves ruled in red).


Written in gothic textura rotunda with tall final s.

Punctuation by point, punctus elevatus, and punctus interrogativus.

Musical Notation:

Staves ruled in red.


Headings in red. Alternate two- or three-line red and blue lombardic capitals with flourishing of the other colour. In prose sections, the text is divided by red-slashed capitals, with red instructions for responsive reading interlined.


Vellum over stiff board, s. xx. Sewn on three thongs. Modern parchment pastedowns, and modern parchment bifolia at the front and at the rear.


Origin: Italy (north-west); s. xv2/4

Provenance and Acquisition

Donated about 1990 by Paul Lewis, a classics BA in 1960 and later an educator and chaplain; at the time of his donation, he said that he bought the leaves at auction in Geneva.

Record Sources

Ralph Hanna and David Rundle, A Descriptive Catalogue of the Western Manuscripts, to c. 1600, in Christ Church, Oxford (Oxford, 2017).


For enquiries relating to this manuscript please contact Christ Church Library.

Last Substantive Revision

2017-07-01: First online publication.

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