Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Rare Pauline Breviary sightings!

Some time ago  I lamented that the Pauline Editions (Daughters of St. Paul) one-volume breviary was out print,
and a few days later gave the hopeful news that there were plans on the part of Pauline Media to come out with a new one eventually.

In the meantime, a cache of Pauline breviaries is available from the online catalog of Our Lady'e Missionaries of the Eucharist.  They cost  $35 plus postage.

To recap why I love this one-volume breviary better than the Catholic Book Publishing Company edition of Christian Prayer:

  1. Pauline is more complete, containing the complete 4-week psalter for daytime prayer, not just the sampler that CBPC has. 
  2. Pauline prints the morning and evening gospel canticles on every single day of the psalter, so there is one less ribbon to flip. 
  3. Antiphons printed both at the beginning and at the end of each psalm and canticle.
Two drawbacks: 1.  No red ink, only black, and slightly smaller font than CBPC, so it may not be the best choice for the severely far-sighted. 2. The cover is stiff hardback rather than flexible, which some people don't find as comfortable to hold. 

Thank you to the alert anonymous reader who let me in on this source of Pauline breviaries.