Memoria Vivorum manuscript leaf, late 15th century

Emory University

Pitts Theology Library

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Atlanta, GA 30322


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Title: Memoria Vivorum manuscript leaf, late 15th century
Call Number:Manuscript Collection No. 470
Extent: .1 cubic feet (1 box)
Abstract:A late 15th century manuscript leaf containing an intercessory prayer for the living and memorial prayer for the dead to be used in the liturgical context of the mass.
Language:Materials entirely in Latin.

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Purchase: Reiss & Sohn Auction 200, Lot 27, January 2021


[after identification of item(s)], Memoria Vivorum manuscript leaf, MSS 470, Archives and Manuscript Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.


Processed by Brandon Wason and Armin Siedlecki, 2021.

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This manuscript leaf from the late 15th century contains a prayer for use in the celebration of the mass. The two-part prayer is asking God to accept the sacrifice of the mass for the benefit of the living (Memento vivorum), the supplicant and the church (12 lines: Memento mei ut sacrificium offerre valeas pro salute mea et ecclesie ...) and as a memory for the souls of the departed (Memento mortuorum), parents, brothers and sisters (8 lines: Memento domine animarum parentum meorum fratrum sororum et omnium ...). The text is written in blackletter "bastarda" script, used in France and Germany at the time and has rubricated initials, common in medieval manuscripts, as well as headers in red ink. The lines and margins that can still be seen on the page were drawn for the benefit of the scribe. The verso is blank.

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