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ERCIPIENTES, Domine, munera salutis æternæ, te supplices exoramus, ut templum hoc vel cimiterium a

tu e-ar-is. QUEM laudant Angeli atque barbarorum vel iniquorum inquinamentis

emundatum, tuâ benedictione maneat sanctificatum: et pectora nostra ab omni

Archangeli, Cherubin quoque et Seraphin sorde viciorum alienata, tibi devota

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A musical is noted in the MS. above the syllables, which we have thus marked. This is the Collect in the second Missa pro amico contained in the 10th century Gregorian Sacramentary of Leofric (ed. Warren, p. 189). In that MS a later hand has adapted it for use Super Regem vel Reginam. See also the Missa pro amico in the York Missal, II, p. 167. The whole of this little Office agrees for the most part with a rather longer Form of Preces super legatum vel episcopum suscipiendum which is inserted in the Sarum Consuetudinarium. Osmund Register, I., p. 144 n., edited by Canon W. H. Rich Jones, Rolls Series, 1883.

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I.—BENEDICTIO DOMUS DEI. 12th century.

II. LIBER SANCTI CUTHBERTI.' A Pontifical of the 11th or 12th century.



III. INTERROGATIONES DE ORDINIBUS. From 'Liber Pontificalis Gemmeticensis,' early 10th century.

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VI. ON THE PONTIFICAL OF ANIANUS, Bishop of Bangor, about A.D. 1284.

VII. ORATIONES QUÆDAM DE CONSECRATIONE DOMUS DEI. From 'Liber Pontificalis Gemmeticensis.'



THE present opportunity appears to me convenient for drawing attention to an antient Prayer connected with consecrated buildings. It was noticed by my brother, the Rev. John Wordsworth, Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford, and Canon of Rochester, when he was collating the 7th century MS. of the Latin Gospels, which belonged to S. Augustine's at Canterbury, and is traditionally believed to have been one of two MSS. sent by S. Gregory to Britain.

This Prayer is written at the end of that MS. in a 12th century hand :

Fundamenta ejus in montibus sanctis.
V. Diligit Dominus.

Deus vobiscum.

Domine Jesu Christe qui introitum portarum Jerusalem valvis sanctificasti ; dum splendore gemmarum duodecim totidem apostolorum nomina presignasti; et qui per organum propheticum prompsisti, Lauda hierusalem Dominum, Lauda Deum tuum Sion; quoniam confortavit seras portarum tuarum; benedixit filiis tuis in te. Te quæsumus ut ponas in omnes fines templi istius pacem, ut velociter currens interius sermo tuus adipe frumenti satiet eos, Spiritus Sanctus defendat illos; ut nunquam nocere prevaleat inimicus. Set omnes habitantes et convenientes in eo voce corde et ore decantent dicentes, Magnus Dominus noster et magna virtus ejus: et sapientie ejus non est numerus. Qui cum Patre.

This appears to be an additional instance of the use of a MS. evangelium for the more special purpose of an evangeliarium, or Book of Proper Gospels. Instances where MSS. of the Gospels have evidently been used for Visitation or Communion of the Sick will be familiar to our readers.



THE MS. volume, A. 5. 15,' in the library of SIDNEY SUSSEX COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE, contains two treatises :


(1) A Bestiary marked 'Liber Coll. Sidney-sussex ex dono Mri. Genings. a Anonymi de Natura Avium et Bestiarum.' (41 folios.)

(2) A Pontifical marked in a small 12th century hand 'Liber Sancti Cuthberti.'

This Book itself is dated by Mr. Henry Bradshaw A.D. 1090-1110.

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The Prayers de S. Cuthberto appear to be written in the same hand as the rest, but the initial letters have not been inserted. A symbol for th is used in three instances in Cuthbert's name.

The concluding 'O pastor eterne ... auditum' is written in seven lines in

a The name Rogerus tongus is written at the bottom of folio 4a. of the Liber S. Cuthberti. Dr. Roger Tonge, Chaplain to King Edward VI., was Fellow of S. John's about 1534. In 1547 he preached against the observance of Lent.

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