Panel Discussion and Performance: The Notre Dame Diurnal


Location: Hesburgh Library, Special Collections Room

A group of students in the liturgical prayer course will present a panel on their work and will sing representative types of music from the Notre Dame Diurnal, which will also be on display. You can view the manuscript here.

The Notre Dame Diurnal is a 13th century Carthusian liturgical manuscript from Paris. It is a cantor’s book and contains the music and readings needed to lead communal song, a psalter, and a calendar. There are many additions in the margins and elsewhere to demonstrate that this was a book of use, an integral part of a particular community’s life of prayer. A team of Notre Dame students has been studying the book in the liturgical prayer course and preparing an index of a substantial portion of it for the CANTUS indexing project, a database of Latin ecclesiastical chant. Because of this work, scholars from around the world will now be able to consult the contents of the book and study its unique features. It will be the first Carthusian manuscript to be indexed on CANTUS, the first diurnal, and one of only a few manuscripts held in libraries in the United States to be represented.

Lunch-time refreshments will be served.

Sponsored by the Master of Sacred Music Program