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The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary (English and Latin Edition) Leather Bound – Special Edition, October 1, 2014
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Our edition includes a commentary on the rubrics and ceremonial by 'A Master of Novices' (which was first published in the early twentieth century), and also includes a description of the indulgences with which the recitation of the Little Office has been enriched by Holy Mother Church.
The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a shorter form of the Divine Office in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It has long been the Church s daily liturgical prayer to Our Lady, and these hours of praise have been used by Priests, religious and the laity throughout the centuries. Lay people used to flock to the great Cathedrals to publicly recite The Little Office during the Middle Ages, and during the great persecution, when the practice of the Catholic Faith was illegal in Great Britain, Bishop Challoner commended The Little Office to his flock.
Through its psalms, antiphons, readings, responsorials, and prayers the Little Office stresses the role Our Lady played in salvation history, and how through her fiat the divine Word took flesh in her womb and achieved salvation for us all; and how Our Lord granted her the first fruits of the general resurrection in her holy and glorious assumption.
All Catholics are called to a consistent prayer life. For those who do not feel called to recite the Divine Office, but still wish to participate in the liturgical prayer of the Church, or for those who have a particular devotion to the holy Mother of God, there is no finer form of prayer than the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
- Based on an edition published just after the Reform Act in 1850 (allowing English Catholics to openly practice the Faith).
- English translation uses traditional language with scripture taken from Bishop Challoner's version of the Douay-Rheims Bible.
- Fully updated to comply with the editio typica of the Breviary (1961) permitted by the Holy Father's Motu Proprio 'Summorum Pontificum'.
- The first ever edition to include the complete Gregorian chants for the Little Office.
- Meditations before each hour from the mediaeval Mirror of Our Lady.
- Preface by the Very Reverend Fr. Berg, superior of the FSSP.
- Latin-English, red and black text.
- Psalms from the Vulgate.
- Flexible leather cover with stitched edge, gold gilding, 2 ribbons.
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If you buy a print copy of the Divine Office or a Little Office, make sure you find the most beautiful, traditional version you can. My mother wanted to pray the Divine Office, and she spent a LOT of money on a modern (current, vernacular) edition but she found the translations so weak and watery, and the intercessory prayers so wishy-washy that she was driven to give it up! She doesn t know Latin, though, so she didn t want to use a traditional Breviary and not understand a word of it. After she finally found the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary she was very happy! It was just the thing: sacred and reverent, beautiful, and connected to centuries of tradition. (Baronius Press publishes one with readings and psalms from the Douay-Rheims translation of the Bible, which is just beautiful.) --St. Catherine Catholic Culture Center, March 2014
Recently I began praying again The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary from Baronius Press. I purchased this about a year ago, I think, and was impressed with the quality of the product. It is a very compact, yet elegant prayer book. Having prayed the Liturgy of the Hours at various points over the past 7 years, this little office is in many ways refreshing. This edition is the 1961 edition, which follows the older organization of the hours, before the post-conciliar reforms. Although I am Novus Ordo guy, I must say that over the past week I have been really drawn to praying this office. Perhaps it is the simplicity of this little office or maybe the dual English-Latin prayers on the same page. I also like the almost 1000 year history and tradition that is a part of this office. I am planning to stick with this for the next few months. I have been able to pray most of the hours, except for the matins. Although I am sure there will be some late nights in the future with her, so that might change! ;) --Timothy McCormick, Catholic Bibles Blog, June 2011
- Publisher : Baronius Press; 4th edition (October 1, 2014)
- Language : English
- Leather Bound : 236 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1905574401
- ISBN-13 : 978-1905574407
- Item Weight : 7.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4 x 0.5 x 6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #320,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #124 in Christian Mariology
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Contains the whole little office (Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers, Compline and Matins), English on one side Latin on the other, as the description describes; it has the Gregorian chant notation for all these hours in a separate section. It also has lovely documentation about the Little Office, plus the Angelus (& Regina Coeli) and Litany of Loreto both in Latin. People have mentioned that it does not contain office of the dead (the Anglus Press one does), I'm not too fused about that to be honest, a nice-to-have for next edition I guess.
Edges are gilded, pages are reasonably thick, covers are sturdy and comes with two ribbons, well made in my opinion.
I've left a star off this review because, as has been mentioned in other reviews, the Latin in majority of the office isn't accented (unlike the lovely Monastic Diurnal that Saint Michael's Abbey in Farnborough England do which does have it accented). I'm not sure why this is the case as in some parts, take the Angelus prayer supplement for example, the Latin is accented, plus the name "Israёl" seems to be accented throughout as well. But please don't let this keep you from buying this edition, it is indeed worth the money!
If Baronius do see these reviews about the Latin lacking the accents, and do decide to include them in their next typeset of the book then, in my opinion and possibly many others' opinions, this could be considered the best published version of the Little Office to date if not already!!!
Thank you Baronius.
The page is divided into two columns. One is in English the other in Latin.
Also very important and useful information in the book "The little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary explained":
1. Origin and history of the Office
2. Liturgical prayer
3. Why the Office is divided into seven hours
4. Attention and intentions
5. Composition of the office
6. The "Gloria Patri"
7. Rubrics to be observed in reciting the Office of the Blessed Virgin
Some of the majors feast in the church's calendar with the reference to the Little Office.
Litany of Our Lady of Loreto, etc.
The book is very handy size with leather cover and the sides of the pages are golden which gives very rich impression.
One thing I personally missed is accent marks in Latin. That would be very useful for those who are learning to pronounce Latin properly. But it's a minor thing. Other than that it is perfect.