Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Divine Office in the Latin Middle AgesMethodology and Source Studies, Regional Developments, Hagiography$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Rebecca A. Baltzer and Margot E. Fassler

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195124538

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195124538.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 25 January 2021

From Office to Mass

From Office to Mass

The Antiphons of Vespers and Lauds and the Antiphons before the Gospel in Northern France

(p.300) 13 From Office to Mass
The Divine Office in the Latin Middle Ages

Anne Walters Robertson

Oxford University Press

In at least five churches in northern France (Amiens, Bayeux, Chartres, St.-Corneille, and St.-Denis), an antiphon was sung before the Gospel in the celebration of the Mass. This practice seems to have originated in the 13th century. A few additional churches occasionally used other chants or even polyphonic music at this point in the liturgy. Questions addressed include the origins of this practice, where it was cultivated, and how we might interpret it. This musical custom may have been connected with features of Gothic architecture, including the building of the jubé, or choir screen. The melodies were often borrowed from the office, most notably from the magnificat antiphon for second vespers, and so created a musical interrelationship between the Mass liturgy and the office.

Keywords:   canticle and Gospel, cathedral architecture, Chartres, St. Denis, Gothic architecture, vespers, Amiens, jubé, Bayeux, Gospel processions

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .