The Blessing of an Abbess

Book Title: Pontificale Romanum ad omnes pontificias ceremonias, quibus nunc utitur sacrosancta Romana ecclesia, accommodatum. Nonnullis insuper, que in antea impressis non habentur accuratissime auctum .Ac in tres partes distinctum. : quarum prima personarum, secunda rerum consecrationes, et benedictiones continet : tertia vero quedam ecclesiastica officia, et alia multa comprehendit, que in sequenti tabula, versa pagina monstrantur. Nuper summa diligentia reuisum, emendatum, & impressum

Author: Catholic Church

Image Title: The Blessing of an Abbess

Description: This engraving is the first of five illustrating the blessing of an abbess. The abbess-elect, her face unveiled, leaves the enclosure of the monastery for the ceremony accompanied by two older matrons. She kneels before the presiding bishop and makes her oath of office. Then she places her hands on the book of the Gospels while reciting a verse.

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