The Hadrianum Sacramentary 786 AD
reconstruction of the rite for ordaining women deacons found in it
Charlemagne (768 - 814) obtained from Pope Adrian I in 786 a sacramentary which the king prescribed as a model for all bishops in Gaul. Since the sacramentary is ultimately ascribed to Gregory the Great, Adrian's sacramentary become known as the Gregorianum. However, scholars now call Adrian's sacramentary the Hadrianum and distinguish it from the Proto Gregorian.
We have five manuscripts that derive from the Hadrianum.
Three were transcribed for bishops in Cambrai, Paris and Lotharingia (the Leofric). See yellow dots in map on the right.
One may be for the South of France (Lyons?) and another was
later found in Passau (now Germany).
Prayer for the ordination of women deacons in the Hadrianum
as inferred from evidence found in these five sacramenaries
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The word 'diacona' is ancient. Later the word 'diaconissa' (deaconness) became common.
The ancient ordination prayer - EXAUDI .
Ministries of women in the West
gaul, italy, germany
north africa, gaul, italy
england, wales, ireland
southern italy, sicily
basque area, gaul, spain
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