Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Rare Pauline Breviary sightings!

Some time ago  I lamented that the Pauline Editions (Daughters of St. Paul) one-volume breviary was out print,
and a few days later gave the hopeful news that there were plans on the part of Pauline Media to come out with a new one eventually.

In the meantime, a cache of Pauline breviaries is available from the online catalog of Our Lady'e Missionaries of the Eucharist.  They cost  $35 plus postage.

To recap why I love this one-volume breviary better than the Catholic Book Publishing Company edition of Christian Prayer:

  1. Pauline is more complete, containing the complete 4-week psalter for daytime prayer, not just the sampler that CBPC has. 
  2. Pauline prints the morning and evening gospel canticles on every single day of the psalter, so there is one less ribbon to flip. 
  3. Antiphons printed both at the beginning and at the end of each psalm and canticle.
Two drawbacks: 1.  No red ink, only black, and slightly smaller font than CBPC, so it may not be the best choice for the severely far-sighted. 2. The cover is stiff hardback rather than flexible, which some people don't find as comfortable to hold. 

Thank you to the alert anonymous reader who let me in on this source of Pauline breviaries.

2 comments:

  1. I have this breviary and have never found an annual guide. I ordered one from OLME and am very happy with it. Thanks for the idea!

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  2. Here in the Philippines, the Paulines breviary is also out of stock. At least that's what I learned when I visited their bookstore this morning.
    The Paulines breviary was (and still is) the best "initiation" to the divine office for seminarians and candidates for religious life here in our country. As you've said in your blog, it's more comprehensive than the CBP breviary, and here in the Philippines its cheaper than the CBP one. My only set back with it is that it has The Solemnity of the Ascension on a Thursday. Here in the Philippines, we have it on the 7th Sunday of Easter. So whenever the 6th Thursday of Easter comes around, parishes using the Paulines Breviary either have to look for the office of the day online, or they need to borrow the parish priests' LoH volume 2 or CBP breviary for the community prayer. If they plan to reprint it, I hope it could have the Ascension option, as well as some of the new saints in the calendar. In my first Paulines Breviary, John Neuman was still a Blessed, and it was already 1993!
    Thanks and God bless!

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