Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tragic demise of Pauline editions breviary

I was preparing to write a post on the features of the existent one-volume breviaries, when, glancing at the amazon ad for the Pauline Media edition (my personal favorite) I was alarmed to see "best price-$534.00"
What was that all about? Someone trying to sell a first edition? I knew this book retailed for around 38 bucks, and had often touted this as an advantage over the pricier CBC breviary. But going on Amazon, I saw that ominous word: unavailable. With growing concern, I went to pauline.org.

No breviary.

This is really too bad. The Pauline one-volume was the best book for the lay person who prays it at home. Unlike the Catholic Book Publishing one-volume, Pauline had the complete Daytime prayer rather than selections, so anyone using it had access to the entire Liturgy minus the Office of Readings.

 The Pauline book had the text of the gospel canticles right in the psalter for each day, so no flipping to the ordinary was required. Pauline printed the antiphon  both before and after  every psalm and canticle, so again, no flipping back to the beginning.

I guess this was one of those bottom line decisions that the Daughters of St. Paul (a lovely order) had to make. Maybe it was the somewhat smaller print that made this breviary less popular. Or else people preferred the soft vinyl covers of the CBC. (which I admit is the one plus of the CBC for me: any book plopped down on my kitchen counter needs to be washable.)

Pauline  was a great little breviary, and I am extremely sorry to see it go. If you have this breviary (the binding either says St. Paul Editions or Pauline Media) hang on to it. Otherwise scout the used sites. As of today I did not see any on ebay. Boo-hoo.


  1. I just purchased the Pauline Press Christian Prayer: Liturgy of the Hours. It is almost identical to the 1976 edition I have been praying with one that a friend was gracious enough to loan me. With the 2012 schedule and shipping the total was $41. I got it from Our Lady's Missionaries of the Eucharist. http://www.olme.org/loh.htm#loh

  2. Thanks for this news. I hope OLME has quite a few in stock, because I plan on announcing this to readers.

  3. So sorry to hear this. IMHO, the DSP CP had better artwork than CBPC’s edition. Having everything but Office of Readings was great. I purchased my DSP CP in 1985. I have so many memories in it that I've had it rebound 3 times. Right before he passed away (2002), my dad bought me a new one at the DSP bookstore in Alexandria (VA). So I have that one ready to go when the current one “dies” on me. But CBPC has a better cover (vinyl?).

    1. Well, I bet Pauline Media USA will put out a new one when the US bishops and ICEL finish their work on an updated translation of the Liturgy of the Hours, and that should be out maybe in 2020. So I'm sure your extra DSP breviary will last you! I actually use a four volume 2003 Pauline editions breviary from Africa (Kenya) which does have a number of recent revisions from the Roman Editio Typica. I've written about it elsewhere on this blog.