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AN ANCIENT OFFICE FOR HOLY SATURDAY

HENRY MARRIOTT BANNISTER
1905 Journal of Theological Studies  
The opinion, therefore, at which I have arrived is that almost certainly Hilary did not write the first seven and the Ad caeli clara. But the Hymnum dicat he probably did write, or at least may have written. A. S. WALPOLE. AN ANCIENT OFFICE FOR HOLY SATURDAY. IN spite of the great labours of liturgiologists in the past there still remain services and customs in old MSS which have not yet been published or described. The communication of a passage in a Vatican MS at the meeting of the Roman
more » ... g of the Roman Conferences on Christian Archaeology in January last, and the subsequent discussion at the February meeting, seem too important to be lost without some permanent record of a liturgical point then treated for the first time. The passage in question is found in Cod. Vatic.-Urbin. Lat. 602, a troper usually, though without sufficient authority, assigned to Montecassino, with Beneventan script and musical notation of the twelfth century; a thirteenth-century writer has inserted on ff. 99-100*0 with neums: S]i quis cathecuminus est, procedat. Si quis hereticus est, procedat. Si quis iudeus est, procedat. Si quis paganus est, procedat. Si quis arrianus est, procedat. Cuius cura non est, procedat. T\sti sunt agni novelli qui annuntiaverunt alleluia, modo venerunt ad /antes. Repleti sunt claritate, alleluia, alleluia. In conspectu agni amicti stolis albis etpal\_ [For convenience, the words Isti sunt... palmis, which are separated from the preceding by a slight break, will be referred to as Part II.] The neums clearly shew that these insertions were not made merely to preserve a dead rite, but for actual use. But what rite is referred to ? In the absence of other similar texts, the first and not unnatural interpretation was that the first part represented the ancient missa infidelium before the oblation, when the catechumens were dismissed by the formula 'Catecumini recedant. Si quis catecuminus est, recedat' (Mabillon Mus. Ital.; Lutet. Paris 1684 vol. ii p. 79), whilst the second referred to the words which the subdeacon pronounced on the Saturday in albis as he presented to the Pope the wax Agnus Dei. This explanation of Si quis &c, seemed to be so at variance with the at Simon Fraser University on May 30, 2015 http://jts.oxfordjournals.org/ Downloaded from
doi:10.1093/jts/os-vi.24.603 fatcat:tl4pn5axujcfbajwz6aln4p4se