Incipit serves here also as an initial.
in the early Northumbro-Irish manuscripts has the function of introducing
each text, and of breaking the page into visual sections which makes it
easier to use. The opening of St. John in the Echternach Gospels. Lindisfarne,
Paris, Bibl. Nat. Ms. lat. 9389, f. 177. After Christopher
de Hamel. Medieval Craftsmen: Scribes and Illuminators (London:
British Museum Press, 1992), plate 38.