- Hardcover: 221 pages
- Publisher: Angelus Press (May 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 189233108X
- ISBN-13: 978-1892331083
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.2 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.84 shipping
Divine Office Hardcover – May, 1999
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The book is a hardback of leathery but tough outer cover, with pages that are supple but durable with larger than average print and word’s well-spaced to make reading comfortable. It is sure to endure a lifetime of careful handling. I like the feature of the black and red ribbon book markers fixed into the very nicely composed book binding. Overall the book is 8 ¼ “ long by 6 ¼” wide and ½” thick with rounded edges at it top and bottom outer edge and near the binding there is a creased groove that marks the press of the back’s outside binding of all good books. The good people of St. Pius X also included a small but not too small, thoughtfully dimension, 6 1/2” by 4” laminated card of instruction on the Latin Pronunciations of Roman Liturgical Latin letters. I am learning a bit of the Latin as I go thanks to the English translation being placed accurately beside the English Latin so they are exactly parallel paragraph for paragraph . Some bi-language translations don’t run parallel but often has the English running a bit ahead of the Latin instead of being spaced exactly evenly. Also the English translation is beautiful.
I like the fact that while the Sunday’s office is fully represented only the essential Hours of the Church for the weekdays are given. This makes great sense because this is how we Catholic’s can and will likely best approach the wonder’s of the gift of Sunday Mass Our Sweet Lord bequeathed to Catholics, Our incarnate union with Him through the Eucharist. We can do our best to pray in union with the Church Monday thru Saturday Una Voce, then on Sunday go the whole life of prayer with all the saints in that grand celebratory day that the rest of the days ought to be a preparation for and which is exactly what praying the Divine Office prepares for us--to be always one in prayer with Our Lord..
To really pray the Divine Office though, I would recommend getting the 3-volume text that's going to be released by Baronius Press.
This book is based on the monastic/Benedictine office and is based on the traditional (1962 Calendar). Many may not realize that when the office was changed (which resulted in the Liturgy of the Hours) there were some major changes. Lauds (now morning prayer) was shortened considerably and the format of Lauds was actually changed to mirror that of Prime- an hour that was supressed. Also, in the monastic/Benedictine schedule, Lauds is truly a morning office and by morning they did not mean 7 or 8am. Lauds was prayed about 5am and Prime was the hour that started the daytime about about 7am. So, did the editors of this prayer book intend Prime to be a substitute for Lauds, of course not. They did intend that a busy mom or dad or single could consistently pray Prime before starting the day since it only takes about 5 minutes. Same with Compline, it is not a substitute for Vespers, but given that evenings at most houses with children are very busy and Vespers time for many is in the middle of commuting, fixing dinner, taking people to activities or a combination of the above, prayer just before going to bed is more likely to be possible. The full hours are offered for Sundays because, especially if you are trying to make it a day of rest, you may/should have more time to pray Lauds and Vespers in addition to other hours.
So, this book is the equivalent of Shorter Christian Prayer or other variations on the Liturgy of the Hours- not the full meal, but a short introduction. If you want to pray Lauds and Vespers (along with the other daytime hours) and have all of the seasons and propers of saints in the traditional/Tridentine/EF format, but with English and Latin, there is a one volume from St. Michael's Abbey Press that is published in England, but is very available stateside (and they ship here).