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E06683: The Latin Gelasian Sacramentary (or 'Liber Sacramentorum Romanae Ecclesiae'), probably compiled around 750 near Paris using earlier material from Rome, records generic prayers to saints.

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posted on 2018-10-03, 00:00 authored by Philip
Below are the entries from the Sacramentary that relate to the feasts of saints; other entries, to feasts of the Christian year that were not for saints, are not included in our database.

The following prayers or announcements can be adapted by the priest when celebrating mass on various occasions.

Gelasian Sacramentary 2.1-2

Denuntiatio natalitii unius martyris.
'The announcement of a feast of one martyr.'
One announcement listed

Denuntiatio quum reliquiae ponendae sunt martyrum.
'The announcement when the relics of martyrs are to be presented.'
One announcement listed

Gelasian Sacramentary 3.95

Orationes ad missa in natale sanctorum sive agenda mortuorum.
(ungrammatical! Should read: ad missam in natali sanctorum sive agendam mortuorum)
'Prayers at the mass on the feast of saints, or for celebrating mass for the dead.'
Four prayers listed

The word 'illius' in the listed prayers is meant to be substituted with the name of the saint or dead person. A 'vel' denotes sentences from which the priest can choose when he is conducting the prayers in the mass.

Edition: Wilson 1894. Translation: P. Polcar.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Apostles, unnamed or name lost : S00084 Martyrs, unnamed or name lost : S00060

Saint Name in Source

omnes apostostli martyres

Type of Evidence

Liturgical texts - Sacramentaries


  • Latin

Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Gaul and Frankish kingdoms Rome and region

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc

Paris Rome

Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Paris Tours Tours Toronica urbs Prisciniacensim vicus Pressigny Turonorum civitas Ceratensis vicus Céré Rome Rome Rome Roma Ῥώμη Rhōmē

Major author/Major anonymous work

Sacramentarium Gelasianum


The 'Gelasian Sacramentary' (Sacramentarium Gelasianum) is a compilation of liturgical texts, mostly prayers, for use in church celebrations such as the Eucharist, the administration of sacraments, or other liturgical events. It is the second oldest extant liturgical book in the West, the oldest being the 'Verona Sacramentary' (Sacramentarium Veronense). It has been preserved in one manuscript, now divided into two parts: the Codex Vaticanus Reginensis Latinus 316, and the Codex Latinus 7193 of the Bibliotèque Nationale in Paris. The Gelasian Sacramentary is preserved in a Frankish version, copied in c. 750; it must have been used in contemporary Francia (for nobody would copy liturgy if they did not intend to put it to use). The core of the Sacramentary is, however, undoubtedly of Roman origin for use in the area of Rome, as is evident from the inclusion of so many saints from the city and from the regions around it (some of them not particularly well known). The composition of these core texts can be dated between 628 and 715 (Vogel 1986, 69). This substratum is also a mixture of various sources. At some point before the pontificate of Gregory II (715-731), this early version of the sacramentary was brought to Gaul, where prayers were added for certain celebrations, such as for the consecration of virgins, the dedication of churches, and the blessing of holy water.


Edition: Wilson, H.A., Liber Sacramentorum Romanae Ecclesiae, (Oxford, 1894). Further Reading: Vogel, C., Medieval Liturgy: An Introduction to the Sources, (Washington, 1986), 61-76.

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    Evidence -  The Cult of Saints in Late Antiquity



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