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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Anglican Breviary

THE CATHOLIC KNIGHT:  The Anglican Breviary is based on the old Roman Breviary (1962, Tridentine, Extraordinary Form), except is it slightly revised in accordance with the Daily Office from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer.   All seven day-offices (plus Matins) are condensed into this one volume which is no larger than a standard personal Bible.  It is perfect for personal or family devotion.  (Official parish use of this book is not possible at this time.)

Both Anglican Catholics and (Traditional) Roman Catholics will love this Breviary.  The arrangement of the book is a little different than the usual breviary, and takes some getting used to.  However, once you've become accustomed to the method, it's actually more logical and reasonable than the usual Breviary.  Certain portions of the breviary ought to be committed to memory for ease of use, such as the opening and closing prayers for example.  One great advantage is that it's all contained into one book, as opposed to three, as is the case with the usual Roman Breviary.  However, all the elements of the (Traditional) Roman Breviary are present.  The language is set to Old English, and there is no Latin text.  This is how space is saved.  It's a highly functional book that is ideal for both personal and family devotion.   The typeset is excellent, and though it is relatively small, it is gentle on the eyes.  The book is currently priced under $70 U.S.D., which is considerably cheaper than most full breviaries of similar caliber.  You need not take my word for it though, here's the link:


Seán said...

The text there is not Old English, which would be totally unreadable to most people now. It is not even Middle English, which was used by Chaucer, which would also be very tough for people now. This is 'traditional' English perhaps you could call it, possibly Elizabethan English (though that is technically wrong too).

Anonymous said...

Love this breviary, been using it now for about a year. And yes it did take me awhile to get used to it.

Dev Thakur said...

another point: it's not based on the 1962 Breviary but on an *older* form of the traditional breviary.

In the opinion of most traditional Catholics this makes it *superior* to a hypothetical Anglican breviary based on the 1962 Roman breviary (except that it doesn't conform exactly to the breviary as per Summorum Pontificum)

Anonymous said...

As the previous poster mentioned, it is not based on the breviary according to the 1960 Rubrics of the Breviary under Bl. John XXIII, the current EF breviary approved for liturgical use, but the 1955 edition. The major changes between the two are for the most part more readings at Matins (Sunday is III nocturns, that is 9 readings) as well as inclusion of preces said daily at each hour (excluding II class feasts) as well as the preces said during Advent/Lent. Other than that, there is very little difference between the two editions. The Anglican Breviary, however, does make slight changes to at least one of the feast days, dropping the reading of the Papal Bull on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, titled "Conception of B.V.M." in Anglican Breviary.

Anonymous said...

Following up on my last post, the Anglican Breviary although not liturgically sanctioned is great for personal prayer, and I would encourage its use, at least until the Baronius Latin/English breviary comes out, though it will be expensive. If you don't have an obligation to pray the office though, the AB (supplemented with a few collects from a missal or such for certain propers like the Immaculate Conception) is great, and as a former Anglican myself, I've relied heavily on it until I got my '60/'62 Latin Breviary, and still use on occasion for the superior matins readings most days.