The Office of the Dead consists of prayers and orations that were to be recited for those Christians who had recently died, and it was used for regular commemoration of deceased members of medieval communities. Dying well was an important concern for medieval Christians, and the ideal medieval funeral was an elaborate affair that consisted of several stages, which included the recitation of the Office of the Dead at the funeral service (which would have taken place at the local church). The large size of the gothic bookhand script used in this particular manuscript—the St. Kunibert Office of the Deadsuggests it was intended for use within the Church, likely by the priests who would have officiated the services. The soiling on the book's pages attests to its extensive usage over the ensuing years. An eighteenth-century necrology that was added to this manuscript lists the dates of death for those associated with the church of St. Kunibert and the local community.
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