Vatican City, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Barb. lat. 592

Barberini Exultet Roll Facsimile Edition

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Crafted in the Montecassino Abbey around year 1087, the Barberini Exultet Roll is a fascinating example of Romanesque art from southern Italy. The manuscript was meant to be unrolled during Easter Vigil and shown to the congregation while the deacon read its text from a pulpit.

This parchment roll was used during one of the most suggestive rites of the Western Christian tradition, namely the lighting of the Paschal candle, which is celebrated every year at Easter. The candle symbolizes both Christ, who illuminates the world, and the pillar of fire that aided the Israelites during their journey by night from Egypt.

The text of the Barberini Exultet roll, written in Beneventan script, is adorned with decorated initials and frames with gold leaf, as well as ten intricately executed devotional scenes.

According to the Western Christian tradition, the Exultet chant is sung by the deacon after the lighting of the Paschal candle — it is a very joyous hymn that reminds humanity of the gifts of redemption and eternal life.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "Barberini Exultet Roll": Exultet-Rolle facsimile edition, published by Belser Verlag, 1988

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Exultet-Rolle

Zurich: Belser Verlag, 1988

  • Commentary (German) by Cavallo, Guglielmo; Speciale, Lucinia
  • Limited Edition: 980 copies
  • Full-size color reproduction of the entire original document, Barberini Exultet Roll: the facsimile attempts to replicate the look-and-feel and physical features of the original document; pages are trimmed according to the original format; the binding might not be consistent with the current document binding.

Facsimile edition of the five surviving parts of the Barberini Exultet roll and commentary volume in a linen-covered case.

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