Office lectionary – Fragment
Parchment · 1 leaf · 1290 – 1310 CE · France · 190-95 x 143 mm
Oxford, Bodleian Library, Arch. G e.5
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Ruth Mullett and Nigel Palmer, 2016
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Lessons 1 (the last two words only), 2‒8, and 9 (ending imperfectly) from an office lectionary with a set of nine readings for the Night Office on the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany according to the secular cursus, as practised in parish churches, the secular cathedrals, and houses of the Augustinian Canons and Friars: Gal 1:1‒24; 2:1‒10; Mt 13:24, followed by the gospel homily on this passage from Augustine, Quaestiones XVII in Matthaeum, XL (PL 35, col. 1367). The reading of Galatians in the Night Office during the period after Epiphany was widespread. Augustine’s homily on Mt 13:24, however, is more distinctive; it was read at lessons 7‒9 in the Roman rite, which was the standard liturgical use followed by the Franciscans; cf. Breviarium Romanum (1580), pp. 210‒11. The positioning of the subdivisions of the lessons for the third nocturn in the fragment is uncertain, because of loss of text in the lower part of col. b. For the differences between the secular rite for the Night Office and monastic practice, see Hughes, Medieval Manuscripts for Mass and Office (1982), pp. 54‒55.