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Dombibliothek Hildesheim, J 29, fol. 4r
Hello Mr Easterday! Celebrating Easter in the Medingen prayer books
This yellow bunny might resemble the gold foil chocolate Easter treats that pop up in supermarkets way too early before Easter – but this little fellow was drawn in a prayer book more than five hundred years ago, when nuns from the Cistercian convent Medingen near Lüneburg in Northern Germany were eagerly awaiting Easter day.
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Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bodleian Library MS. Lat. liturg. 18, fol. 31v
Savouring the Exultet at Medingen Abbey
One of the most sensual rites of the Christian year is the Exultet at the Easter Vigil. The deacon or priest sings a melody that at first seems familiar, being based on the Preface tone heard often at Mass, but which keeps taking unexpected and exuberant turns that match the uninhibited excitement of its text.
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Oxford, Bodleian Library, Bodleian Library MS. Laud Misc. 281
A Date in Paris
‘Hello there – how old are you?’ This must be one of the most common questions in any reader’s mind when they are picking up a medieval manuscript.
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