Rare archives telling the Easter story on Twitter
16th April 2014
Rare archives from Exeter Cathedral’s Library have been photographed and tweeted this week as part of its preparations for Easter.
Traditionally, the week before Easter is known as Passion Week and the Cathedral is using the hashtag #passion2014 on twitter to tell the story of Jesus’ last week through stonework, stained glass, drawings and manuscripts.
Some of the items which have been photographed for the week date back to the 12th Century and include a Exeter missal, written in Latin in the 15h century but with chants dating back to the 11th and 12th centuries, which is still in its original cover and includes the words of the services for Easter Week.
Also ‘tweeted’ this week is an image from the 14th century Bishop of Exeter, Bishop Grandisson’s own prayer book, with his own handwritten suggestions and amendments.
Other treasures on view via twitter and facebook this week include a 16th century Bible from Syria and a handwritten prayer book from Exeter Cathedral from the 13th century.
Ann Barwood, Canon Librarian at Exeter Cathedral said the Cathedral’s Library and Archives contained a wealth of treasures and it has been fascinating retracing the events of Passion Week – which leads up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday - through pages in ancient texts and engravings.
“We only had to pass the idea to Peter Thomas Cathedral Librarian and he immediately brought to mind documents from the collections that would illustrate this very special week in the Christian year,” she said.