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Verses of Saint Bernard, followed by other prayers and an extract from a sermon, early 16th century

Identifier: MS 114/ff. 52v-55v


The Verses of Saint Bernard are preceded on f. 52v by the rubric Subscriptos versos diabolus tradidit beato bernardo qui eos cotidie legerit veram suorum peccatorum contritionem in extremis habebit. This refers to a legend according to which Saint Bernard of Clairvaux had tricked the devil into revealing to him sever verses taken from the Psalms which, if recited daily, would guarantee the pardon of all sins. Other two prayers and an extract from a sermon by Saint Bernard follow the Verses.

Verses of Saint Bernard: start on f. 52v with the words Illumina oculos meos domine ne umquam obdormiam and ends on f. 53r with Ostende nobis domine misericordiam tuam et salutare tuum da nobis.

Second prayer: it begins on f. 53r with the words Omnipotens sempiterne Deus qui Ezechie regi Iude and ends on f. 53v with et secundum tuam misericordiam ad eternam beatitudinem pervenire merear. Per Christum dominum nostrum. Amen.

Third prayer (De beata vergine): it begins on f. 53v with the words Sancta et immaculata piissima virgo maria mater Domini nostri and ends on f. 54v with et de confusione eterna merear liberari Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

De Oratione Bernardus in sermone de triplici modo orationis: it begins on f. 54v with the words Nemo nostrum parvi pendat orationem suam and ends on f. 55r with et plerumque ne animus pigritetur in nocem prorumpens.


  • Creation: early 16th century


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4 folios

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