‘Prieres et ceremonies de l’ordination 1766’.

Diocese of Soissons, France, 1766.

Manuscript on paper, in French, with a few words of Latin, small 4to (200 x 145 mm approx.), ff. [59]; very neatly written in brown ink in two hands; very good, clean and crisp, in contemporary red morocco, gilt borders and corner pieces to covers, spine gilt with green morocco lettering-piece, gilt edges, marbled endpapers; a few marks to covers.

£600

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An attractive manuscript ordinal detailing the ceremonies to be followed and the prayers to be employed in ordinations, covering the tonsure, admission to the minor orders of porter, lector, exorcist, and acolyte, and admission to the major orders of subdeacon, deacon, and priest.

Reference to Henri-Joseph-Claude de Bourdeilles (1720–1802), Bishop of Soissons from 1764 to 1790, indicates that our manuscript was employed in the diocese of Soissons, in the north of France.

On the tonsure the text states: ‘On prepare des ciseaux pour couper les cheveux et un bassin pour les mettre’. Lectors are instructed by the bishop: ‘Appliquez vous donc à prononcer la parole de Dieu, c’est à dire les lectures saintes, d’une maniere distincte et intelligible, et sans aucune alteration ou falsification , afin que les fidéles en soient instruits et édifiés.’ And exorcists are told: ‘vous recevez donc le pouvoir d’imposer les mains sur les possedés et par l’imposition de vos mains, par la grace du St Esprit, et par les paroles des exorcismes les esprits impurs sont forcés de sortir des corps qu’ils possedoient.’

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