Tuesday, November 19, 2013

A Question for non-Americans or Americans abroad

Blog follower Russ Stutler and I are wondering how many national  or language-group breviaries contain the two year cycle for the Office of Readings. Russ lives over in Japan, and his Japanese breviary has the two- year cycle of scripture and patristic readings. I've been told that Spain has the two-year as well, although I don't think this is true for South American Spanish breviaries.

We've discussed before that unofficial translations of the two year cycle, in English, are available on a Scottish website, but it seems that no print breviary for any English-speaking nation has this. The books in use for England, Australia and Kenya are identical to the USA version as far as the Office of Readings are concerned.

So, any of you with light to shed on this topi--shed away!






10 comments:

  1. I almost spilled coffee on the keyboard when I saw my name in the first sentence! The Japanese Breviary comes in a single volume and it includes the Psalms for the Office of Readings. The Japanese equivalent of the Saint Joseph Guide has the day's Bible passage from the two-year lectionary -- which you have to look up in your own Bible -- and gives the volume and page number for the patristic readings which are found in an eight-volume set which is called MAINICHI NO DOKUSHO (daily reading). I don't have that set since I prefer the English unofficial patristic readings you mentioned here.

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    1. Oops, I made a mistake. There are nine volumes in the patristic readings set. They are paperback, not like the nice German set that makes my mouth water...

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  2. I understand that there is one in Latin but I never saw it.

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  3. The German 'Die Feier des Stundengebetes' uses the 2 year lectionary. So, there's 3 volumes of the Liturgy of the Hours (excluding the OoR), and 16 'mini-lectionaries' for the Office of Readings. There's probably 8 volumes for each year.
    Here's a pic: http://www.buchfreund.de/covers/9032/33891A.jpg

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    1. This makes me wish I could read German! What a great idea to have these small volumes for the readings. I almost looks like you could tuck the small books inside the cover of the larger one.

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    2. I can read German, although I don't have the German LotH yet. The one-volume Christuslob is basically a "Christian Prayer" one-volume breviary fully notated for a chanted office. That book, like most German-language liturgical books, is just amazingly done. I wish there could be a project to do English-language liturgical books to the same standard. German monastic breviaries (such as Monastisches Stundenbuch) are excellently done, too.

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  4. I think the big question is whether any nations in South America have the two year cycle, since there are more Catholics down there than anyplace else. If South America does not have it, then we can safely say the majority of Catholics are using the one-year cycle.

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    1. I've looked at some websites and some have said that the 'Liturgia de las Horas' for Latin America have the 2 year cycle

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  5. I know I'm slow but I just wanted to confirm Kyle's note above and give the link for it: http://www.liturgiadelashoras.com.ar/
    It follows the two-year cycle for the scripture readings but not the patristic readings.

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    1. I'm just glad to know there's a Spanish online breviary. In addition to ibreviary which is available in multiple languages. But the search goes on for those two year patristic readings.

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