14th century manuscript returns to Bangor Cathedral

Sunday worshippers at Bangor Cathedral in Wales were given a rare treat recently: they were permitted to view the Bangor Pontifical, "a 14th Century bishop's manuscript, containing blessings and text of plainchant." The manuscript had been absent from its home for preservation and digitalization. (photo)

The Bangor Pontifical, which is believed to have belonged to Anian, who was bishop of Bangor between 1309 and 1328 CE, is a bishop's manuscript, containing blessings and text of plainchant, and was often used for the dedication of churches, altars and cemeteries.