For an explanation of this series, see this article from last week.
Friedrich Pustet, but judging from the artistic style and the use of color printing, it is likely from the 1920s or 30s. (It certainly must predate the dogmatic definition of the Assumption, for reasons that will become clear later.)
I wonder: Could we ever commission another such missal, where every saint had his or her proper emblem, where each solemnity was graced with an illumination? Perhaps one day, in better times, it will happen again -- once we are no longer fighting about such arcane questions as whether sacramental marriage is between one man and one woman for life, or whether it is permissible to murder unborn humans (or to elect officials who think it is). We need a little Pax Romana first. But I digress...
|It is charming to see how the Gospel of the day is often worked in.|
|A perfect image of the “Sursum corda” of the Mass.|
|I love how the serpent is entwined around the initial.|
|St John Damascene with an icon; the introit reminds us of his miraculously restored hand.|
|St. Paul of the Cross, with the introit perfectly illustrating both the saint and the text.|
|St. Boniface: the image recalls his chopping down of a “sacred tree.”|
|St. Camillus shown caring for the sick.|
|S. Anne teaching the Virgin Mary the Ten Commandments.|
|(Note how the old Assumption prayers are crossed out, because of the new Propers of 1950.)|
|For the Nativity of the Virgin Mary.|
|This is one of my favorites: only black, with the “lion” of the Offertory.|
|The Prophet Isaiah looking a bit like a hippie street preacher|
|The Holy Innocents: their bodies in black below, their souls in red above.|
|Joseph and Jesus building the letter E while Mary spins the distaff|
|The illumination for Passion Sunday|
|Holy Thursday: mandatum, institution, and Judas on the outside|
|Look closely at the left side: Abel, Abraham, Melchisedek, the Passover, and the Crucifixion|
Next up: an Augustinian Missal from 1716.