Missal, Dominican use
Missal. Dominican Use.
Bohemia, late 14th century.
Decorated manuscript on vellum. (BRMS 17)
The missal is a Christian service book that provides the texts necessary for the celebration of the Mass by a priest. It includes chants, prayers, scriptural readings, and directions (rubrics) written in red. The presence of several Bohemian saints, including St. Wenceslaus, in the calendar localizes the manuscript to Bohemia, perhaps Prague. The decoration of this manuscript consists of red and blue decorated initials with ornate pen work extensions in purple or mauve filling the margins. Various prefaces set to plainchant are provided with musical notation in three-line staves.