Book of Hours (Use of Châlons-sur-Marne)



Canberra, The Australian National University Library

General Information

Title Book of Hours (Use of Châlons-sur-Marne)
Material Parchment
Place of Origin Northern France
Date of Origin 15th century

Original Condition

Page Height at least 170 mm
Page Width at least 120 mm
Number of Columns 2
Number of Lines 20

Current Condition

Dimensions 170 x 120 mm

Book Decoration and Musical Notation


39 1-line initials in gold on alternating blue and pink grounds and well modelled "bois écotés" branch-like line fillers in gold.

Marginal side panel in gold with acanthus tendrils in blue, white or red at the centre and a carefully detailed flower painted above and below.


  • Content Item
    • Text Language Latin
    • Title Litany
    • Content Description

      Litany of saints. These pages list the end of the male saints, namely, the Fathers of the Church and saints linked to the Diocese of Châlons-sur-Marne, followed by the female saints and orisions. The leaf holding the beginning of the Litany is in Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library (shelfmark pending).

      Five of the saints invoked in the Litany are traditionally linked to the Diocese of Châlons-sur-Marne (since 1998 Châlons-en-Champagne), namely, Saints Alpin, Germain, Memmius, Elaphe and Poma. St Memmius is venerated as the first bishop of Châlons. Local legend maintains that Châlons was evangelised by Memmius, assisted by his sister Poma in the first century. The association to Châlons is further supported by the invocations to two other early beatified bishops of Châlons: Alpin and Elaphe. St Alpin served as bishop of Châlons for 47 years (433-480) and founded the Abbey of St Memmius in the diocese. The church dedicated to him, built in Châlons in the eleventh-century, survives to this day. St Elaphe was bishop in 579.

      Transcription of the text

      Sancte ambrosi ora pro nobis

      Sancte iheronime ora pro nobis

      Sancte augustine ora pro nobis

      Sancte nicholae ora pro nobis

      Sancte martine ora pro nobis

      Sancte alpine ora pro nobis

      Sancte germane ora pro nobis

      Sancte memmi ora pro nobis

      Sancte elaphi ora pro nobis

      Omnes sancti confessores orate pro nobis

      Sancta maria magdalena ora pro nobis

      Sancta felicitas ora pro nobis

      Sancta perpetua ora pro nobis

      Sancta agatha ora pro nobis

      Sancta lucia ora pro nobis

      Sancta cecilia ora pro nobis

      Sancta agnes ora pro nobis

      Sancta katherina ora pro nobis

      Sancta scolastica ora pro nobis

      Sancta genouesa ora pro nobis 


      Sancta margareta ora pro nobis

      Sancta barbara ora pro nobis

      Sancta anna ora pro nobis

      Sancta gertrudis ora pro nobis

      Sancta poma ora pro nobis

      Omnes sancta virgines orate pro nobis

      Omnes sancti et sancte dei orate pro nobis

      Propitius esto, parce nobis domine

      Ab omni malo libera nos domine

      Ab insidiis dyaboli libera nos.

      A subitanea et improvisa morte

      libera nos. Ad damnatione perpetua, libera nos.

      A penis inferni libera nos domine

      Per annunciationem tuam, libera nos.

      Per natiuitatem tuam, libera nos.

      Per circumcisionem tuam, libera nos.

      Per passionem crucem et mor-

      tem tuam, libera nos. Per gloriosam

      resurrectionem tuam, libera nos. Per

      admirabilem ascencionem tuam libera nos.

Other available descriptions

  • Maggs Bros., European Miniatures and Illumination & Calligraphy also early writing from Egypt. Bulletin No. 11. London (November 1982)
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  • Otto F. Ege, Fifty Original Leaves from Medieval Manuscripts, Western Europe XII-XVI century, c1940
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