Like so many, working from home, schooling from home – or just home now – due to the changes brought by Covid-19, HMML curators are continuing to work from home through the crisis. To help fill the gap and continue to bring inspiring programming to a global audience, HMML will be sharing a new livestream series – HMML @ HOME. These short interactive episodes, focused on HMML rare books and vHMML.org digital collection items, will be hosted live on Zoom (https://csbsju.zoom.us/j/851103038) and archived on HMML’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/HMMLPreservation/videos
The series airs Wednesdays at 1pm US Central Daylight Time, and kicks off April 8 with a conversation with Matthew Heintzelman, HMML’s Curator of Western Collections and Rare Books. The first episodes focus on how medieval Christians used manuscripts to mark time and organized their devotional day. ‘Structuring the Hours of Your Day: Breviaries, Books of Hours, and the Divine Office’ includes five episodes exploring these beautifully decorated books and how they were used centuries ago.
- April 8: Rule of Saint Benedict – Learn about the monastic Rule and a life structured on a cycle of praying the Psalms. View recorded episode.
- April 15: Monastic Prayer with a Psalter and Breviary – Experience monastic prayer as seen in the Psalter and Breviary
- April 22: Books and Prayer – Learn about the many books that support the prayers centered around the Divine Office
- April 29: Books of Hours – Explore how the laity joined the practice of daily prayer through the Book of Hours, in particular the Little Office of the Virgin
- May 6: Books of Hours (2) and Praying the Divine Office – Walk through the hours of the day and hear about how the Divine Office was revised after Vatican Two, and streamlined as the Liturgy of the Hours
About the speaker: Matthew Heintzelman is the curator for Western Collections and Rare Books at the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, where he has served since 2001. He has cataloged over 8000 (of about 11,000) rare books in the HMML collections and is responsible for the catalog records of nearly 50,000 manuscripts microfilmed in Austria, Germany and Switzerland between 1965 and 2000. Since 2014, he has also curated numerous exhibitions in HMML’s galleries in Collegeville, Minnesota.