Friday, May 25, 2007

A thread on the divine office
An Orthodox deacon compares the Byzantine, traditional Roman and modern Roman versions

I have a copy of the Short Breviary — used to belong to an All Saints’ Sister of the Poor. Nice little book, a fruit of the legitimate liturgical movement before the 1960s. It began as a typewritten project of the abbot of St John’s, Collegeville, Minnesota, who wanted to teach his Benedictine lay brothers (who didn’t have to pray the office like the choir monks and probably couldn’t read Latin) about the church’s second liturgical prayer. The result: a nice book for oblates, tertiaries and other layfolk who want something with more variety than the Little Office of the BVM but haven’t the time to take on the Roman or Monastic Breviary.

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