Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Pauline Breviary from Phillipines

A lot of people are fans of the Pauline single-volume breviary  in preference to the Catholic Book Publishing Co. edition of Christian Prayer.  The main advantage is that it has the complete four week psalter of daytime prayer, unlike the two-week sampler provided by Catholic Book  Co. IN addition, the antiphons are reprinted at the end of each psalm, which saves flipping back to find them after the Glory Be.

Problem is, Pauline USA let these go out of print some time ago. So our choices are to search ebay and other secondhand book sites for used copies, or to endure the expense and possibly risky business of ordering a Pauline Africa breviary from Kenya. As noted in many other places on this blog, the Kenyan breviary has many advantages, including the revised Grail    psalter, recently canonized saint propers, and additional Sunday antiphons for the Gospel canticles.

Another Pauline edition was brought to my attention by readers Leonard Villanueva and John Manlapig.  It's a 1993 edition, with gold edges. The price of 750 pesos comes out to just under $15 in US currency. This is not an updated edition (like the one from Kenya). It's the same text we have here in the USA, althought I"m guessing there are a few more recent saints in the proper of saints.

I have no idea if it's possible to order one by mail or what the postage would be if it was. But if you have friends or relatives in the Phillipines who come to the USA to visit, you could always have them bring you one.




13 comments:

  1. You can order directly from the Daughters in the Philippines: http://www.stpauls.ph/products/?q=liturgy+of+the+hours

    Fair warning, while the product itself is quite affordable by US standards, shipping could be a bit pricey. They will only use DHL overseas expedited shipping, in order to guarantee receipt. Admittedly, it is fast shipping, though!

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  2. Kenyan breviary just for the price of postage from UK. God bless you

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    1. How do we order the Kenyan breviary?

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    2. The best thing to do is go to the paulinesafria.org website and as them. It's been years since I got mine and it's possible the rules have changed. I had to send my money to the American motherhouse of the Daughters of St. Paul and they did placed the order. But for all I know there is a different procedure in place now.

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  3. Through the Philippines site Ramil links above, the total with shipping to the "country" of Illinois (!) is 3,698 pesos or $73.35 USD.

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    1. Oh my! Well, then my suggestion earlier to ask friennds or relatives visiting from there to bring it is perhaps the best one.

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  4. After using Sunday week 1 for the Transfiguration It's week 2 from Monday isn't it?

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  6. Has anyone used the 1976 Christian Prayer published by Liturgical Press? If so, is it user friendly?

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    1. That was actually the first breviary I ever owned. My husband and I used it for several years, but for some reason I now forget switched to other ones. I don't think it is in print anymore, and I'm afraid I don't recall much about it compared to the Catholic Book Publishing Co or the Pauline breviaries. But I will say that most breviaries are not "user friendly" to someone who has never used one before, so just keep asking questions if you get stuck. Or get my book, The Everyday Catholic's Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours to help you figure it out.

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  7. I think I have found out why you stopped using the Liturgical Press version; evidently it uses the Jerusalem Bible for the readings, which was originally allowed in the US but has since been revoked. The US approved version now uses the New American Bible.

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