Tuesday, May 4, 2010

New link: Traditional breviary

Regular readers know that I try to follow the current and traditional Carmelite and Church liturgical calendars. If you would like to pray the Divine Office (commonly known as Liturgy of the Hours) in part or full, there are several ways you can join in the official prayer of the Church.

You may:

  • get the 1 volume Christian prayer used by many active communities, priests, and third order members, which includes Lauds, Vespers and Compline
  • get the 4 volume Divine Office used by nuns and monks (any faithful is welcome to use it!), which includes Lauds, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers, Compline and Matins
  • go online to Universalis and pray online any or all of the prayers in the 4 volume set
  • go online to Divinum Officium and pray the traditional office (1962, 1960 or 1955), which includes Matins, Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers and Compline in both English and Latin
Baronius Press is scheduled to release the traditional Roman Breviary (1962) in English and Latin later this year. Deo gratias!

I have included a permanent link to Divinum Officium under Magisterium (scroll down, left column). I have purposely not included one to Universalis. With the recent approval of a new English translation for the Liturgy (praise God!), I'm hoping and praying that we'll soon have new breviaries that follow the new translation. It is my understanding that the English version approved is that of the Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition of the Bible (see link on the left column). This is a beautiful literal translation. If you compare the psalms or the readings in the current breviaries with the RSV-CE, you will notice some major changes in the interest of musical harmony, according to the introduction to the 4 volume set (see volume I). Personally, I find this sad and sometimes difficult. 

The traditional breviary uses Challoner's Douai-Rheims and the Vulgate. 

Years ago, Vespers were prayed in Church, and often times Lauds before Sunday Mass. Would that we returned to that custom... With these online resources you may also join the thousands of priests, religious and lay faithful praying the Divine Office. 

Pray without ceasing.

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