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The Monastic Diurnal Revised Hardcover – 1989
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"A Breviary based upon the 1932 Monastic Diurnal and the 1979 Book of Comon Prayer for the recitation of the Divine Office". Hardcover, 664 pages.
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Given that there is no description of thise volume, I want to go into detail about it
The Sisters of St. Mary have sought to apply St. Benedict's principles to contemporary times for both individuals and active religious communities. By reducing many of the repetitions traditionally found in the Divine Office the Liturgy of the Hours has been simplified, especially by a combination of Matins and Lauds. In keeping with modern Benedictine usage, the ancient office of Prime is omitted. The other traditional "Little Hours" of have been simplified. Like other modern revisions, this breviary does not attempt to retain St. Benedict's recitation of the entire Psalter every week although the psalm distribution normally associated with Benedictine Little Hours, Vespers, and Compline has been retained on a weekly cycle. The rest of the Psalms are used at Matins using a monthly cycle. Most other modern revisions utilize a two-week cycle of the entire Psalter, so this aspect of the Monastic Diurnal Revised significantly shortens the service of Matins.
This particular Diurnal has five parts:
1) A Psalter containing the basic Office for Sundays and weekdays.
2) The Proper of Seasons for the seasons of the Church Year according to the usage of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer except for the Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. An Ordinary of the Season is provided for the seasons of Advent, Lent, and Eastertide. Rubrics provide detailed directions for use.
3) The Common of Saints contains the entire Office for a saint's festival under the headings of Apostles, Martyrs, Holy Men, Holy Women, and The Blessed Virgin Mary.
4) The Proper of Saints provides all the variable parts of the Office for commonly observed saints' days, according to the current usage of the Eastern Province of the Community of St. Mary, together with directions for their use. Full provision is made for all Feasts of our Lord and other Major Feasts of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, and most of the lesser feasts and other observance of the Episcopal Church will be found also.
5) Finally there is an Office for the Dead.
As mentioned, this volume of the liturgy of the Hours is produced by an Episcopal Religious Order. The calendar is that of the Episcopal Church in the early 1980s (some saints have been added to the calendar since then) although in some cases they have revised to collects to make them more appropriate to the life of that particular saint. The Psalms are taken from the Book of Common Prayer and are pointed for singing at the Little Hours as well as Vespers. Since this volume was drawn up before many of the contemporary translations came on the scene, the lesson are from the Revised Standard Version WITH THE SUBSTITUTION of modern pronouns for the older Jacobean thees and thous.
Overall, this volume is easy to use and reflects much of the tradition of the monastic community. Personally I would have like to see Matins and Lauds kept separate if abbreviated just to maintain a greater sense of the traditional Daily Office, but this still is a good Diurnal for those looking for a briefer form of the Liturgy of the Hours than one would find in older Roman or Anglican Monastic Diurnals.