Saturday, January 2, 2016

Confusing pre-Epiphany Office

Good day, friends!

The other day I hinted at the annual problems with figuring out what pages to use during the days preceding the Epiphany. There are actually discrepancies between the Editio Typica altera and the designation for these days in the American breviary. The Roman breviary designates today simply as "January 2." while our breviaries say "Saturday between January 2nd and Epiphany.

I use a more recentlu published English breviary from Kenya, which uses the "January 2nd" designation, and today's first reading in the OOR is from Colossians, chapter 2. The American breviary, on the other hand, has a first reading from Isaiah.

My advice the other day was to simply go with a digital breviary to be sure you were doing the right thing.   But lo and behold, I followed my own advice and saw that ibreviary is running last year's psalter, when January 2nd was on a Friday, and so its psalmody begins with the penitentual Psalm 51.

Moral of the story: no one flip their ribbons (whether virtual or real) to the right places all the time!

So, if you want to do this according to the Roman breviary, use Saturday week I for your psalter and "Monday from January 2nd to Epiphany" for your readings, and/or use the second reading for the feast of Sts. Basil and Gregory of Naziazen.

Or, since, after all, the American breviary is in fact an authorized liturgical book for Americans, just go with "January 2nd to Epiphany, Saturday".(which is what you will find at    And be happy that this year there is only one day between January 1st and Epiphany.


  1. I got very confused when I looked at the Epiphany propers in my edition of the Divine Office. I decided it would be less confusing to say the Anglican Book of Common Prayer order on Epiphany instead.

  2. It's days like these that make me pray the '62 Office.

  3. I knew the days must be mislabeled in the US office, because at the end of the day's readings it said "If this day falls on a Sunday, the Te Deum follows..." And when does Monday every fall on a Sunday, LOL.