Irish tract on the liturgical colours

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Short medieval Irish tract on the colours of the Mass vestments, their meanings and their origins, covering the colours yellow (buide), blue (gorm), white (gel), green (uaine), brown (dond), red (derg), black (dub) and purple (corcair).

p. 108a.inf–b.inf
beg. ‘Cachtt [sic]. Cia lasa tucait na datha examla ucut isin cochull / n-offrind hi tús?’
f. 41rb
beg. ‘Ceist. Cia lasa a tugadh na h-ilidatha examla ut docithear isin cochall aifrinn ?’
  • Irish
prose (primary)







Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] [tr.] Stokes, Whitley, The tripartite Life of Patrick: with other documents relating to that saint, 2 vols, vol. 1, Rerum Britannicarum Medii Aevi Scriptores, 89.1, London: Eyre and Spottiswoode, 1887.
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clxxxvii–cxci Edited from Leabhar Breac.
[tr.] Moran, Patrick F., and Eugene OʼCurry [translations], “The teaching of the ancient church of Ireland regarding the blessed Eucharist”, in: Patrick F. Moran, Essays on the origin, doctrines, and discipline of the early Irish church, Dublin: James Duffy, 1864. 161–221.
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English translation by O'Curry, “from the Curry MSS. in Catholic University.” Omits the final paragraph.

Secondary sources (select)

Barbet-Massin, Dominique, “Le traité irlandais sur les couleurs liturgiques du Leabhar Breac”, in: Louis Lemoine, and Bernard Merdrignac (eds), Corona monastica: moines bretons de Landévennec. Histoire et mémoire celtiques. Mélanges offerts au père Marc Simon, Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2004. 101–118.
Dennis Groenewegen
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