Cartographic Advancements

We’ve added a new tool to the missal database: the ability to visually represent the data for a given occasion on a diocesan map of late-medieval Germany. To illustrate the usefulness of this feature, consider the following list of gospel texts for Friday of Sexagesima: The chart above is an amazing amount of data toContinue reading “Cartographic Advancements”

Phase 2 Complete

Today marks the completion of a major phase in our research for The Lutheran Missal. After eight months of fruitful labor, we have finished cataloging the incipits for all the sanctoral calendars (thirty-eight sources). This was a massive collaborative effort between many volunteers who worked tirelessly to enter over 78,000 records into our database. ItContinue reading “Phase 2 Complete”

What to do with Wednesdays?

As you may have read elsewhere, the Sunday lectionary and propers are the central axis around which the temporal calendar revolves. The lectionary of the temporal calendar, however, is not limited to Sundays, but provides Epistles and Gospels for Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the year, as well as a full mass for every single dayContinue reading “What to do with Wednesdays?”

Volunteers Needed

The second major phase of our research involves the entry of the sanctoral calendars into the Missal database. This is no easy task, since the average Sanctorale contains about 2,200 entries. (Multiplied by 34+ sources, this means over 75,000 records.) So far Augsburg, Bamberg, and Brandenburg have been completed, but the task took nearly 6Continue reading “Volunteers Needed”

Phase 1 Complete

The first phase of our research is complete with the incorporation of all thirty-four temporal calendars into the missal database. The bulk of the 58,000+ records was previously cataloged by the Usuarium team from Hungary, saving us roughly six months of intensive effort. Allow me to explain what this means. The image above from theContinue reading “Phase 1 Complete”

Uncovering the Historic Lectionary

“Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” (Proverbs 11:14) The Church’s lectionary is not the product of a committee. It did not originate in response to a synodical resolution or a papal directive. Rather, it was created and refined by an organic process that spanned generationsContinue reading “Uncovering the Historic Lectionary”