Originally a rarified blessing reserved for the Kohanim, the three-fold blessing was appended with a petition for peace that conforms to the rabbinic benedictional
Most relate to the Church: there is a Bible, biblical commentaries, theological works, works on Church history and canon law, a missal, a breviary, two psalters, a benedictional
, and three Books of Hours.
Ignatius' vital mediation of light, manifested through a benedictional
gesture, from coelo to the margins of the world.
Having pointed out a visual focus on Aethelthryth's womb implicit in the drapery arrangement in the Benedictional
of St Aethelwold and imputing an emphasis on her 'chastity as a woman' (p.
In Britain, the Folio Society, working in collaboration with the British Library, has in the last few years produced outstanding value, beginning with the 10th-century Benedictional
of St Ethelwold, more recently with the 14th-century Luttrell Psalter and the 14th-century Holkham Bible picture book (all previously only available in black and white facsimiles).
It surveys literary treatment of seasons, the cuckoo, and Orpheus, with comment on St Dunstan's Classbook, Edgar's charter to the New Minster at Winchester, and St Ethelwold's Benedictional
. In contrast to these, the haunted mere of Beowulf (pp.
Still another key reflection Birzer mentions is the undeniably Marian aspect of the Elvish Lady Galadriel--an aspect made vividly clear in Peter Jackson's film version of the story, in a scene in which actress Cate Blanchett's Galadriel, dressed in pure white, raises her hand in a benedictional
gesture of farewell to the Fellowship as they depart from Lorien by boat.
Among the books whose illustrations are discussed are the Tiberius Psalter, the Benedictional
of St AEthelwold, the Dunstan Classbook, the Athelstan Psalter, the Grimbald Gospels, the Harley Psalter and the AElfwine Prayerbook.
Deshman, a fine arts professor at the University of Toronto, has taken as his point of investigation the sainted bishop's Benedictional
, one of the most lavishly produced liturgical books of the Middle Ages, in order to better understand that revolution through the layered symbolism of its imagery.
In chapter 5 ("A Gothish Episode in the Renaissance: BL Additional MS 21974, Longland's Pontifical Book of Benedictions"), Scott considers a benedictional
originally written and flourished in the third quarter of the fifteenth century but illuminated with miniatures and borders at the behest of John Longland, Bishop of Lincoln (1521-1547), probably toward the end of the first quarter of the sixteenth century.