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Cambrai Sacramentary and Women Deacons

library reference: Cambrai Médiathèque Municipale, ms 164

mss written in 811/812 for Hildoard, Bishop of Cambrai (790-816); from Roman exemplar, the Hadrianum, dating 786

Published by H. A. Wilson, The Gregorian Sacramentary under Charles the Great, London 1915, p. 139

The text is almost identical with that in two other sacramentaries: Reginae 337 and Ottobonianus 313, except that this pontifical does not contain the additions for Gaul found in the other two manuscripts.

1. Orationê ad diaconam faciendam

1. Prayer to make a woman deacon 1. The word ‘diacona’ is ancient. Later the word ‘diaconissa’ (deaconness) became common.
2. 2. 2. This sacramentary does not contain rubrics.
3. Exaudi, domine, preces nostras, et super hanc famulam tuam illam spiritum tue benedictionis emitte ut cœlesti munere ditata et tue gratiam possit maiestatis adquirere, et bene uiuendi aliis exemplum prebere. Per . . .

3. “Hear, O Lord, our petition and send down on this your maidservant here the Spirit of your ordination so that, since you have conferred on her your heavenly office, she may obtain favour with your majesty and may present to others the example of a good life. Through. . . “ 3. The ancient ordination prayer – EXAUDI .
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