Les Enluminures

8. Suffrages

The typical Book of Hours contained a dozen or so Suffrages (or Memorials, from the Latin memoriae). They usually appear near the end of the volume. Each Suffrage is composed of a string of praises, a prayer recounting an episode from the saint's life, or some important aspect of the saint's holiness, and a petition for aid from God through the saint's intercession.