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Norman Simplicity

Norman Simplicity
Click image for original | © Vitrearum (Allan Barton)

Friday, November 21, 2014


In the Leofric missal, there are four Marian feasts:

  • The Purification (Fourth Century)
  • The Annunciation (Seventh Century)
  • The Assumption (Eighth Century)
  • The Nativity (Seventh Century)

For the Purification, the mass is Suscepimus Deus. But for the Annunciation it is Rorate Coeli and the next two are virtually identical:

  • Introit: Gaudeamus omnes/Eructavit (Assumption) & Gaudeamus omnes/Exultate iusti (Nativity)
  • Gradual: Propter veritatem/Audi filia
  • Alleluia: Adducentur
  • Offertory: Ave Maria
  • Communion: Dilexisti iustitiam

Clear signs of this schema are found in the old Roman mass for the Assumption

but is much less apparent in that for the Nativity.

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