Original leaf from a very large printed 17th century Gregorian chant in two colors on fine hand made paper. Latin text with black hufnagel music (named for the notes resemblance to horseshoe-nails) on a black five-line stave. (530 x 390mm – 21 x 15 3/8’’)
From an Antiphonal produced and published in 1667 by Christopher Kuchler in Mainz, Germany.
Five large initials in red, or black and white surrounded by a black and white floral design.
This leaf continues The Feast of Saint Michael the Archangel (September 29th). The large red “I” begins; “In conspectus…” (Do not fear before the nations, but in your hearts worship and fear the Lord, for his angel is with you. The angel stood at the altar of the temple. With a golden censer in his hand).
The large red “M” begins: “Michael…” (Archangel Michael, came unto the aid of God’s people; stood as a help to the souls of the just. An angel stood at the altar of the temple with a golden censer in his hand. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit).
The large red “A” repeats: “Stetit…” (An angel stood at the altar of the temple with a golden censer in his hand).
The large red “D” begins: “Dum…” (While the Archangel Michael fought against the dragon, the voice was heard of those who cried: Salvation belongs to our God, alleluia).
Antiphonals contain chants for the canonical hours of the Divine Office: first vespers or the vigil of great feasts, matins, lauds, prime, terce, sext, none, vespers and compline. They were used by priests, monks and nuns in churches and religious enclaves. The large size allowed them to be seen by multiple members of a choral section.