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The Saint Mary’s Salzinnes Antiphonal: a Medieval
Manuscript in Halifax

On Wednesday, February 8 at 7:00pm, Judy Dietz,
Associate Curator of Historical European Art at the
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and Saint Mary's University
graduate student, will give an enlightening talk about
the Saint Mary’s Salzinnes Antiphonal, a unique and
valuable artifact from the Patrick Power Library’s
rare book collection.

A liturgical manuscript from 1554, written in Latin,
the Salzinnes Antiphonal reveals a unique insight into
the spiritual and cultural lives of the nuns of the
Cistercian Abbey of Salzinnes in Namur, present day
Belgium. It features text and music, full-page
illuminations of biblical scenes and, of particular
rarity, full-length representations of 34 nuns
together with their names in regional script  who
lived in the abbey.

The illustrated talk will trace the historical
background of the Abbey and the provenance of the
Salzinnes Antiphonal, and explore the religious and
social forces that influenced its creation. The
subject of intensive research and documentation, with
international interest and collaboration, Judy’s
findings attest to its significance and intrinsic
value as a historical, sociological and cultural

The antiphonal was brought to Halifax in the 1840’s by
Bishop William Walsh, the first Archbishop for the
Catholic Diocese of Halifax.  It resided in the
official residence of then-Archbishop James M. Hayes
until the early 1970’s.  In 1975 Saint Mary’s
University opened a new library, named in honour of
Mr. Patrick Power, a prominent 19th century citizen of
Halifax.  To help mark the occasion, Archbishop Hayes
donated the antiphonal to the new library on behalf of
the Archdiocese of Halifax.

The general public is welcome to attend this

Date: February 8, 2006
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Scotiabank Theatre, Sobey Building, Saint
Mary’s University

This event is part of a year-long recognition of the
Patrick Power Library’s 30th anniversary.  For more
information, phone 420-5508 or visit

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