Friday, December 29, 2017

Fifth Day of Christmas Greetings!

Best wishes, prayers, and hope that all of you are enjoying a merry Christmas season. I haven't been here much lately  due to the usual avalanche of cooking and hospitality duties that come to mothers of large families. But now we are in the more peaceful days of the octave and I can finally sit down, take a deep breath, and think about something other than what the next meal will be and when to get started on it. 

The Christmas Octave is an interesting one, where we often celebrate a saint's feast in the morning and then return to Christmas itself in the evening. Plus a daily Te Deum because every day is a solemnity.  Lots of flipping around to do, but if you follow the instructions in your breviary you shouldn't have any trouble. 

Did anyone get a new breviary for Christmas? Or some other gift related to the Liturgy of the Hours? 
I did. I was delighted to unwrap St. Augustine's Commentary on the Psalms, a hefty volume that was translated from Latin by the Benedictines of Stanbrook Abbey. I was really surprised that this 400 page text only covered Augustine's thoughts about Psalms 1 thru 37. Eventually I'll have to see if his remarks about the other 113 are in print, but for now, this book will keep me occupied. 

Questions are welcome. Also, don't hesitate to join the Facebook group called Liturgy of the Hours Discussion and Support Group. 


  1. I got myself two relevant items: a pocket-size Diurnale Romanum from the Abbey of St. Madeleine of Barroux, France, containing all the day hours (Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers, Compline) of the 1960 Roman breviary. A fantastic investment for anyone who either prays the office in the usus antiquior but can't or doesn't want to include Matins or splurge on a $300+ breviary set, or just wants to have all the day hours at his fingertips in a very portable package. Very strongly recommended.

    I also got a reprint of Fr. Ethelred Taunton's 1903 work, "The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary: A Treatise Theoretical, Practical and Exegetical," which is the best resource bar none for anyone interested in Our Lady's Little Office (and quite cheap as a Forgotten Books reprint on Amazon). It not only covers the history of the LOBVM, the importance of liturgical prayer and spirituality, and how the Little Office fits into it; by far its longest section is a line-by-line exegetical analysis of every verse (!) of the Little Office (before its Pius X reform, so including Psalms 66, 149 and 150, removed from Lauds in 1911 after 1,000+ years of continuous use).

  2. I have the Angelus Press Divine Office (it's abbreviated). Is it correct that I can pray it alone?

    1. You may certainly pray the Divine Office alone, in any form.