The manuscript is a Flemish Missal from the 16th century, made between 1500 and 1520 for the Collegiate Church of Saint Peter at Lille. A missal is a liturgical book containing all instructions and texts necessary for the celebration of Mass throughout the year. This specific manuscript is a variant of Tournai Use.
The Kalendar starts on f.1r.
The Benedictio Salis, etc. starts on f.7r.
The Proprium de Tempore starts on f.9r. It is foliated i-xcii. The Proprium de Tempore comprises the prayers etc. appointed for the days of the year having special Masses or Offices.
The Ordinarium Misse starts on f.101r. The Ordinary of the mass employs texts that remain the same for every mass.
The Canon Misse starts on f.105r. The Canon of the Mass is the name given to the part of the Mass of the Roman Rite that begins after the Sanctus with the words Te igitur.
The Commune Sanctorum starts on f.111r. The Common of Saints is a part of the Christian liturgy that consists of texts common to an entire category of saints, such as apostles or martyrs.
The Proprium Sanctorum starts on f.127r. This section is devoted to the Offices of the Saints.
The In dedicatione Ecclesie starts on f.174r.
The Missae Votive starts on f.175r. In this section, the Missa pro benefactoribus and Dies Irae have been added by another hand.
From the Commune Sanctorum to the end is foliated by the original hand in red, i-lxxii.
It is an exceedingly well-written manuscript of a late type.
The ornamentation consists of blue and red initials, one illuminated initial at the Canon (f.105r) and one full-page miniature with border before the Canon (f.104v), all of which are characteristically Flemish.
The subject of the miniature is the Crucifixion, with Saint John, the Virgin, Mary Magdalene, the centurion, and soldiers; a landscape background. Around the miniature is a border of single flowers, viola, vetch, wild strawberry, butterflies, bees, etc., on a dull gold ground. There is a square medallion in the centre of the lower margin with a quatrefoil design. A similar border surrounds the next page, the first page of the Canon.