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Seven prayers of Saint Gregory on the Passion of the Lord (with Indulgence), followed by an addition by Pope Julius II and other prayers, early 16th century

Identifier: MS 11/ff. 60r-63r


The prayers are preceded by the rubric Summa indulgentiarum orationum sequencium prout patet supra folio 41 est centum milia et sexaginta quattuor milia annorum indulgentie et octingenti anni. According to the rubric, this sequence of prayers is meant to grant several thousands years of indulgence to anyone who recites it regularly; there is also a reference to another text contained in the manuscript, the De indulgentiis orationum (f. 42 of the scribe corresponds to f. 50r in modern foliation). Most of the prayers begin with the invocation O domine Jesu Christe and should be followed by a Pater Noster or an Ave Maria as indicated by the rubric. They are attributed to Saint Gregory, who was Pope under the name Gregory I.

First prayer: f. 60r, begins O Domine Jesu Christe adoro te in cruce pendentem et coronam spineam in capite portante.

Second prayer: ff. 60r-60v, begins O Domine Jesu Christe adoro te in cruce vulneratum felle et acetum potatum.

Third prayer: f. 60v, begins O Domine Jesu Christe per illam amaritudinem tuam.

Fourth prayer: ff. 60v-61r, begins O Domine Jesu Christe adoro te in sepulchro positum.

Fifth prayer: f. 61r, begins O Domine Jesu Christe adoro te ad inferos descendentem.

Sixth prayer: ff. 61-61v, begins O Domine Jesu Christe adoro te a mortuis resurgentem.

Seventh prayer: f. 61v, begins O Domine Jesu Christe pastor bone.

Eight prayer: ff. 61v-62r, begins O amatissime Domine pater celestis. According to the rubric on f. 63v, this prayer was added by Pope Julius II (1503 - 1513).

Ninth prayer: ff. 62r-62v, begins O Domine Jesu Christe adoro te ad iudicium procedentem.

Tenth prayer: ff. 62-63r, begins O Domine Jesu Christe fili Dei vivi.

Rubric: f. 63v, Nota quod Julius papa secundus addidit penultimam predictam orationem orationibus gregorianis et illarum orationum indulgentias duplicavit. De quibus supra oratio habet verarum indulgentiarum milia annorum qui eam semel in die flexis genibus cum uno pater noster dixerit. This rubric identifies the second last prayer as an addition of Pope Julius II, who had also doubled the indulgence granted.

Eleventh prayer: ff. 63v-64r, begins Domine Jesu Christe pater clementissime deprecor te amore illius gaudii. Catherine Borland identifies this prayer as Pope Julius II's addition. Although the position immediately after the rubric does suggest this identification, the rubric itself speaks of the 'penultimate prayer mentioned before' (penultimam predictam orationem).

The prayers are followed by a quotation taken from the 'Confessions' of Saint Augustine, which appears at the bottom of f. 64r: Augustinus liber vi confessionum. Vita hec misera est et mors incerta.


  • Creation: early 16th century


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The collection is open to all. The manuscripts can be consulted in the Centre for Research Collections, Edinburgh University Main Library.


4 folios

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