Nov 22, 2010

Slovakia FDC on "Christmas 2010: Initial with the Birth of Christ from Bratislava Mass-book"

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Christmas 2010: Initial with the Birth of Christ from Bratislava Mass-book

Date of Issue : 12 November 2010

Liturgical manuscript of the Bratislava missal I from the beginning of the 14th century is preserved in several fragments. It can be found in the Bratislava Archive, in the Town Museum in Bratislava and in the St. Adalbert Association in Trnava. Originally having 366 sheets, nowadays there are 303 altogether. There are painted figural illuminations mainly as initials with biblical motifs on some of these parchment sheets of the Codex.

One of these paintings, on the parchments sheets in the Town Museum, is the Nativity initial. The scene is placed in the shape of letter P. This is initial of the text Peur natus est… (Baby boy was born). Simple notation above the text reveals that it is a Christmas song which was integrated to the liturgical codex.

There is also a nice additional stamp of Christmas 2008 affixed on this FDC. Thank You very much !

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