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The Rhodes Missal

Contributor(s): De Rochechenard, Charles Alemand [former owner].
Production / publication: [France? ; 1504] Description: 108 leaves : illustrations (illuminations) ; 36 cm.General note: Lavishly decorated throughout in vibrant colours and gold paint, with historiated initials and decorative borders of flowers, fruit, birds and heraldic beasts, and illuminated miniatures illustrating the major Feast Days, from the Nativity to the Annunciation.Language note: In Latin.Ownership note: Purchased for the Order of St John in 1920 from Leo Olschki (antiquarian bookseller in Florence).Binding note: In a velvet binding with silver binding clasps.Other title: Missale.
A Calendar (ff.1 to 12) Eight Proper Masses, from the Nativity to the Annunciation, with half page miniatures: The Nativity (f.13) The Shepherds in the Fields (f.15v) The Adoration of the Shepherds (f.18) St Stephen the First Martyr (f.20v) St John the Evangelist at Patmos (f.23) The Circumcision of Our Lord (f.25) The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (f.27) The Annunciation (f.29v) A set of Prefaces with metrical settings (ff.32 seq.) The Ordinary of the Mass, with, preceding the Canon, full page miniatures: The Crucifixion (f.46) God the Father (f.47) Eighteen Proper Masses, from Easter to Pentecost, followed by Festivals and Feast Days, with half page miniatures: The Resurrection (f.56v) The Discovery of the Holy Cross (f.59) The Ascension of Jesus (f.61v) Whitsunday/Pentecost (f.64) On _Corpus Christi_ Day/The Feast of Corpus Christi (f.66v) The Birth of John the Baptist (f.68v) SS Peter and Paul (f.71v) The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (f.74) St Mary Magdalen (f.76) St Mary of the Snow (f.79) The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (f.81) The Beheading of the Blessed John the Baptist (f.83) The Glorious Birth of the Virgin Mary (f.85v) The Exaltation of the Holy Cross (f.88v) The Dedication of St Michael the Archangel (f.90v) All Saints_ Day (f.93) The Office for the Dead (All Souls_ Day) (f.96) St Joachim and Ann at the Golden Gate (f.98)
Summary: An illuminated manuscript dating from 1504, given to the Church of St John at Rhodes by Charles Alemand de Rochechenard, Knight of the Order of St John and Grand Prior of its Priory of Saint Gilles. The Missal contains the words for the Mass, or service of the Eucharist. It consists of two main parts: the Ordinary, which is unchanging and contains the sacred words for the consecration of the bread and wine, and the Proper, which contains the variable wording appropriate for celebrating a particular season or saint’s day.
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