Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Almost Forgot! Breviary Confusion...

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...will be dealt with here, today, as usual. Just dish it out in the comments section.

8 comments:

  1. Okay, I'll bite.

    When saying the Divine Office (the old breviary in Latin, not the Liturgy of the Hours in Latin), do you include a Gloria at the end of each psalm verse before the antiphon repetition?

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    1. The old breviary is not my field of expertise, but my gut instinct is no. However, gut instincts are not good enough, I will consult my traditional liturgy experts, see what they say, and get back to you.

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    2. Daria and J.R.P.

      Also not an expert on the old breviary. However,I do own a reprint copy of the monastic Diurnal from 1961. It states that the Doxology (Glory Be) is to be said after all psalms and canticles unless otherwise noted.
      Just thought I'd throw in my 2 cents.

      Lenny V.

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  2. Daria,

    No question, just an observation. Recently, I've been praying the St. Michael prayer more, and so the Biblical reading from the Office of Readings from Zechariah today, "And the angel of the Lord said to Satan, “May the Lord rebuke you, Satan; may the Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you!" caused a double-take.

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    1. Just one more example of how all the Catholic stuff that makes Protestants uneasy is actually bible-based.

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  3. Sometimes the readings in the MP and the EP are longer in the 1-volume edition than the ones in the 4-volume set. How come?

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    1. The short versions in the four-volume are the official length. I can only guess why they were lengthened in the one-volume, since the General instruction says they were chosen on purpose to "highlight short sayings which receive less attention in the continuous reading of the scriptures". The General Instruction also says that longer readings may be chosen, especially for group celebrations, so perhaps when the US Bishops were putting the breviary together, this is what they had in mind. Or maybe they were thinking, that since people who use the one-volume are missing out on the Office of Readings, this was a way to give them a little bit more scriptural nourishment. Who knows? These longer MP and EP readings do not appear in one volume breviaries in other English speaking countries.

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  4. So it's an American thing. Thanks, Daria.

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