Laying to Rest: An Office for Burial in Plimpton MS 034

The processional, New York, Columbia University, RBML, Plimpton MS 034, includes an Office of the Dead with chants and prayers for burial.  This liturgy occupies fully a third of the Clarissan manuscript.  The antiphons and psalms chanted by the sisters are provided in their entirety while rubrics in red ink indicate when to begin certain chants and prayers in conjunction with the actions of the brothers and the priest, such as when the brothers carry the coffin to the cemetery and when the priest has finished sprinkling holy water and incensing the gravesite.


John Glasenapp OSB