The Divine Office eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 261 pages of information about The Divine Office.

Ordinate in substantia, tempore et modo” (St. Bona. spec., ibid.).

5.  Have we said our Hours piously, with all the modesty and all the reverence which so holy an action demands?  With becoming attitude, not lying prone, not crossing our legs; without saluting or speaking to those passing by?

“In officio curando magnopere reverentia et honestas, cum ubique sit eadem cui tune loquimur et adstamus Deitas et majestas” (ibid.). (From Examens Particulers sur l’Office Divin, par M. Tronson).



Priests are provided in their text-books of College days with reliable guides dealing directly and indirectly with liturgy.  Hence, some of the books quoted here may already be favourites with many readers; but, perhaps, some books in the list may be brought to the notice of students of liturgy for the first time, and may be useful in introducing priests and church students to easy, pleasant paths in liturgical studies.  The prices quoted may be useful to book-buyers,

1.  Dom Gueranger, The Liturgical Year (1895, Duffy, Dublin, 16 vols. ¬£3 9s.)—­This work is a favourite with all lovers of liturgy, It studies and comments on the Church’s liturgy day by day, week by week.  It gives readers of the Missal and the Breviary a new interest and an additional fervour in their daily prayers.  It is a standard work and holds its own wonderfully against all competitors.

2. Cours De Liturgie Romaine Le Breviare, L’abbe Bernard, Sulpician (Paris. 1887, 2 vols, 7 francs).  This is a text-book written with great care, showing fine scholarship and deep piety.  It is the work of a skilled teacher.

3. Le Breviare Romain, Commente par L’abbe Maugere.  Paris. 1887, 6 francs.—­A very concise and useful work, which I have used often in compiling my book.

4.  The articles in the Catholic Encyclopedia, on the Breviary and liturgy generally.

5.  Duchesne, Christian Worship (London. 1904. 10s.).  Very readable and serviceable to students of early Church history.

6.  Battifol, History of the Roman Breviary. (London, 1912. 15s.)

7.  Biron-Baumer, Histoire du Breviaire. (Paris. 2 vols. 11 francs.)

8.  Baudot, The Roman Breviary (London.  Cath.  Truth Society.  Price 4s.6d.)

Monsignor Battifol’s book is well and favourably known.  It is in English, and has had a large circulation.  It received searching and severe criticism from Dom Baumer, the author of Geschichte des Breviers.  Baumer’s work (translated into French by Biron) is a work showing wonderful industry, learning and critical acumen.  The great German Benedictine was aided in several parts of his work by Mr. E. Bishop, the English liturgiologist, who intended to translate the work into English.  Dom Baudot’s book gives in concise form the results of the labours of Battifol and Baumer.  The book is readable, accurate, and is excellent value for the price.

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