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Franciscan antiphoner (sanctorale) with sequences

Collection MS-1996-097: Franciscan antiphoner (sanctorale) with sequences


  • Creation: circa 1300-1350.

Scope and Contents

Gatherings 1-8: Proper of saints Andrew (30 Nov.), Lucy (13 Dec.), Thomas, Apostle (21 Dec.), Agnes (21 Jan.), Purification (2 Feb.), Agatha (5 Feb.), Annunciation (25 Mar.), De sanctis a festo Pasce usque ad Pentecostem, Philip and James (1 May), Inventio Crucis (May 3), John the Evangelist ante portam latinam (6 May), Birth of John the Baptist (24 June), Peter and Paul (29 June), Mary Magdalen (22 July), Laurence (10 Aug.), Assumption (15 Aug.), Beheading of John the Baptist (29 Aug.), Michael (29 Sept.), Francis (4 Oct), All Saints (1 Nov.), Martin (11 Nov.), Cecilia (22 Nov.), Clement (23 Nov.), Clare (12 Aug.); Celi solem imitantes (De Apostolia), Veni sancte spiritus et emitte celistus (De Sanctu Spiritu), Orbis totus gratulemur (De Beata Virgine) -- Gatherings 9-11: Common of saints, apostles, martyrs, confessors and bishops, virgins, dedication of a church; Hodierne lux diei (De Beata Virgine Maria), Celi cives in colono (De Beato Francisco) -- Appendix:Venite exultemus; Sancta Maria succurre miseris iuva pusillanimes; Celi regem attollamus et in voces erumpamus.

A second vocal part has been added to the first stanza of the sequence Celi solem imitantes, the only polyphonic source of this sequence.

Sequence in honor of St. Francis, Celi cives in colono, is not listed in H. Walther's Carmina medii aevi posterioris latina and may be unique.

Bound with added fragment of a late 13th century manuscript as appendix containing nine variant settings of the psalm Venite exultemus.

From South Germany (?)


Restrictions on Access

Open for research; also available digitally.

Restrictions on Use

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1 Linear Feet (1 container) : 119 leaves ; 30 cm.

Language of Materials



O'Neill Library; Gift; 1996. Originally purchased from Lubrano.

Existence of Digital Copies

Available digitally. A links is included in the inventory.

Materials Specific Details

10 lines each of text (written in black ink in a gothic liturgical hand) and of music. Music in black square notation on a 4-line stave. Rubricated; initials in red, black and blue with penwork decoration.

Binding: Late 16th or early 17th century blind-tooled calf over (original?) bevelled wooden boards.

Uniform Title


Franciscan Antiphoner (Sanctorale) with Sequences
circa 1300-1350
Marc Only
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States