Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tragic demise of Pauline editions breviary

I was preparing to write a post on the features of the existent one-volume breviaries, when, glancing at the amazon ad for the Pauline Media edition (my personal favorite) I was alarmed to see "best price-$534.00"
What was that all about? Someone trying to sell a first edition? I knew this book retailed for around 38 bucks, and had often touted this as an advantage over the pricier CBC breviary. But going on Amazon, I saw that ominous word: unavailable. With growing concern, I went to pauline.org.

No breviary.

This is really too bad. The Pauline one-volume was the best book for the lay person who prays it at home. Unlike the Catholic Book Publishing one-volume, Pauline had the complete Daytime prayer rather than selections, so anyone using it had access to the entire Liturgy minus the Office of Readings.

 The Pauline book had the text of the gospel canticles right in the psalter for each day, so no flipping to the ordinary was required. Pauline printed the antiphon  both before and after  every psalm and canticle, so again, no flipping back to the beginning.

I guess this was one of those bottom line decisions that the Daughters of St. Paul (a lovely order) had to make. Maybe it was the somewhat smaller print that made this breviary less popular. Or else people preferred the soft vinyl covers of the CBC. (which I admit is the one plus of the CBC for me: any book plopped down on my kitchen counter needs to be washable.)

Pauline  was a great little breviary, and I am extremely sorry to see it go. If you have this breviary (the binding either says St. Paul Editions or Pauline Media) hang on to it. Otherwise scout the used sites. As of today I did not see any on ebay. Boo-hoo.


  1. I just purchased the Pauline Press Christian Prayer: Liturgy of the Hours. It is almost identical to the 1976 edition I have been praying with one that a friend was gracious enough to loan me. With the 2012 schedule and shipping the total was $41. I got it from Our Lady's Missionaries of the Eucharist. http://www.olme.org/loh.htm#loh

  2. Thanks for this news. I hope OLME has quite a few in stock, because I plan on announcing this to readers.

  3. So sorry to hear this. IMHO, the DSP CP had better artwork than CBPC’s edition. Having everything but Office of Readings was great. I purchased my DSP CP in 1985. I have so many memories in it that I've had it rebound 3 times. Right before he passed away (2002), my dad bought me a new one at the DSP bookstore in Alexandria (VA). So I have that one ready to go when the current one “dies” on me. But CBPC has a better cover (vinyl?).

    1. Well, I bet Pauline Media USA will put out a new one when the US bishops and ICEL finish their work on an updated translation of the Liturgy of the Hours, and that should be out maybe in 2020. So I'm sure your extra DSP breviary will last you! I actually use a four volume 2003 Pauline editions breviary from Africa (Kenya) which does have a number of recent revisions from the Roman Editio Typica. I've written about it elsewhere on this blog.

  4. After reading this I am glad that I purchased two copies of the DSP breviaries when they were available. I am somewhat concerned at the prospect of the US bishops and ICEL producing new versions with the pressure for inclusive language in some quarters. I have always found DSP liturgical and devotional resources to be balanced in that regard.

  5. The DSP Christian Prayer is very available in the Philippines at P750.00 or around $14.87

    They now publish them in Gold edging rather than the "pink". I bought mine when I entered the Capuchins in 2012 when they haven't published them in gold edging. I'm gonna save up for when the new edition will come. Currently the complete set from CBP is at around P13K or $260 here in the Philippines. And since it's gonna be 5 books already it might become more expensive. Unless the Paulines here will publish a local complete set then we Filipinos will be much happier.

  6. Thanks, I'll do a new post about this.

  7. Just saw this on ebay for $15 plus $4 shipping!

  8. FYI - you can still buy this from their online store in the PHILIPPINES


    My GUESS is that the USCCB granted Catholic Book Publishing (CBP) official status. If you ever noticed, the Pauline version never mentions that it's approved for use in the United States, even though the imprimatur was issued by the former Archbishop of Boston. It's copyright page obviously shows that it completely matches the CBP version, but my guess is that the USCCB has some kind of deal with CBP, which lead to Pauline to stop selling the book in the USA.

  9. So excited! Just bought a leather looking one with gold edges on eBay for $22.99! I’ve been looking for a Daughters of St. Paul Christian Prayer for the last 4 yrs, and have only seen the outrageous prices spoken of in the posts above. Guess I’ll be on the hunt for the mailman each day now, lol.

    Thank you Daria for this blog, it was the encouragement, instruction and inspiration I received here that got me started on the wonderful journey with the Liturgy of the Hours! May God richly bless you!

  10. The Paulines Press website in Kenya offers these volumes for sale. It took about 2 weeks to complete the sale, and then about 6 weeks for mailing.

    The Prayer of the Church (containing nearly all the texts of the four volumes except the Office of Readings.) [US $25]

    and CHRISTIAN PRAYER - Abridged Volume [US $5]

  11. They are still being published by the Daughters of St. Paul in the Philippines.