So far: In terms of understanding the liturgical and hagiographic practice codified in the Beauvais Missal, the sanctorale is going to be of greater use than the Temporale or the Commons. There are a few extant masses with complete music or lections (as opposed to mere incipits), or that include atypical genres, such as Prefaces or Prosas. For the most part, however, these exceptions offer no great surprises and correspond with the Masses that begin with enlarged initials, that is, Masses for apostles, Marian feasts, the Archangel Michael, and Mary Magdalene (shown here). In addition, there are three noteworthy extended Masses – the Seven Martyred Brothers on July 10th (with a large initial and expanded introit), the Rededication of the Holy Sepulchre on July 15th,and
St. Augustine on August 15th. Also included – although not expanded – are local favorites Arnulfus, Ebrulfus Bishop of Beauvais, Gaugericus, Firminus, Seraphia, and Nicomedis. All of these are consistent with the Beauvais and Augustinian origins of the manuscript.
Lingering Questions: As more leaves come to light, these preliminary conclusions will be revised.