Friday, July 8, 2016

More News on LOTH Revision

Check out this very interesting article at New Liturgical Movement. It's a report on the Sacra Liturgia UK conference.

Of particular interest to us Psalmsayers is the summary of the  talk delivered by Bishop Alan Hopes about our long  awaited new translation/revision of the English language Liturgy of the Hours. Here's an excerpt:

"Currently, the Advent/Christmas volume is at the Grey Book stage (ICEL's final draft presented to the bishops), with the other volumes still at the Green Book stage (ICEL's initial draft). However, Bishop Hopes did give the conference the news that the Supplement to the Liturgy of the Hours, containing saints added since the last typical edition, is at the Grey Book stage and will most likely be available for use fairly soon. He also noted that the CDWDS is currently preparing an official two year cycle of readings for the Office of Readings (long talked about!), which will comprise a fifth volume of the Liturgia Horarum, and that this is intended to be included in the upcoming revision of the English books."


  1. I look forward to the day it's published. I wonder if they'll make it available online.

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  3. I hope they let MTS or someone publish a version high quality of it. I think that it would be amazing to have an office with art gilt covering or bound in goatskin. There is no reason Protestants should have all the really nicely bound sacred books. Of course, that being said I'd be perfectly happy to have the new office in any format.

    1. I'd certainly hope MTS don't get asked to produce the LOTH. If I'm correct in assuming you mean the Midwest Theological Forum, they are extortionate. Their Latin Breviaries cost a small fortune, and I could not afford the full set as a priest in the UK. They'd price themselves out of the market.

      The best option (in the UK at least) would be the CTS.

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  5. Good news! -- especially about the two-year cycle. Pray this cycle, then after two years you have read almost all of the Bible. And in a country largely Protestant and with many Evangelicals, Catholics need to be on their toes about Scripture.

  6. This post was linked to on the divineoffice subreddit.

    the moderator there had this observation & picture:
    "I don't know if a 5th volume is the way to go. Does that mean one year you'll carry around 1 book, and the other, maybe 2, and then the next back to the 1?
    Better to do it like the Germans: single volume containing everything except the first and second readings and responsories for OOR. That single volume would suffice for those who want to pray the complete office minus OOR (no need for separate 1-volume "Christian Prayer"). Huge bonus.
    Then you could pair it with a small set of OOR volumes (maybe 8 paperbound titles).It would look like this in general use."

    Does anyone have a link to this german version?

    1. A one volume breviary in English as described above (everything but the OOR readings) used to be available in this country from Pauline editions. I posted about it long ago. Pauline editions in Kenya still published a one-volume breviary like this, and it's a newer edition that reflects the revision made by Rome in 1985, AND it has the Revised Grail Psalter, which is what we are going to have in ours eventually.

    2. Hi Daria,

      I finally got the Paulines African Breviary, (bless her heart, she actually brought it with her to the USA when she had to make the trip anyway & mailed it to me here) but I think this German arrangement is a little different yet.

      For example, the copy of "the Prayer of the Church" on my lap right now does not have Psalm 1. I think the idea of this German LOTH is that you even have the psalms for the OOR. The paperback supplements contains the responsories & the two year readings cycle.

      My googling on makes me think that there are actually three hardbound books, and the eight supplements, but I can't tell for sure...

      The Germans have a really neat LOTH app
      based on this book:


    3. Hi Daria,

      First, I'd like to thank you for this blog. I appreciate the time that you have put into it.

      I have used the 4 volume set of the LOTH for 20 years, plus I have Shorter Christian Prayer, which I find really handy. I also have software Breviary(s) on all my "devices."
      That ought to be more than enough for anyone, right?

      After reading your older postings about the Pauline version, I decided to give it a try for myself (used.)

      Wow, you are certainly correct. It seems so much easier to use without as much ribbon play. It's a nice handy size and user friendly. Sure, I wish it was a bit more "colorful," but it makes up for it by being "efficient." I find that I don't really need the "St Jo's Guide" booklet, although I still keep it for the 4 volume CBP set. It's also handy for a quick reference but "the internet is your friend" if you get lost and confused - which hasn't happened with this edition after the initial "setup."

      I should admit that I typically pray Morning, Evening, and Night prayers daily, and occasionally daytime and OOR. The Pauline of course has almost everything and it's easy to find and maintain the "rhythm" of the prayer of the Church. I leave the current volume of the 4 volume set next to my chair for when I want to pray the OOR when I have more time.

      The Pauline edition (in black leather) has become my "go-to" breviary.

      Another thing, I got the book "used" from an online seller and it had the name of a nun written in the front. I was able to do some research and found out some information about her from an online obituary (pretty confident that she is the person whose name is in the book.) So now I include her in my prayers and thank her for the use of her breviary!

      I customized the breviary by gluing copies of the common prayers inside the covers etc much like "Shorter Christian Prayer" has. So no "cards" and no guidebook tucked into the cover or case. Yay!

      I have used it exclusively for a couple of months and will be curious to see if it remains easy to use throughout the liturgical year.

      Thanks for the tip, Daria. If the Paulists ever print another one, I'll be a customer!


    4. You are lucky to have found one, as they are getting scarce. I'm glad you like it. And take note, it's not Paulist, but Pauline. Pauline Media is the publishing house of the Daughters of St. Paul, a wonderful religious order whose apostolate is communications. Back in the day when I imagined I had a religious vocation (age 13) this was the congregation I'd wanted to enter. As far as I know, they do plan on a new edition when the revision is complete.

    5. Yes of course, duly noted. Thanks for the correction.