There is a WDTPRS POLL at the bottom of this entry!
From a reader:
Summorum Pontificum art. 9 sec. 3 explicitly grants ordained clerics the faculty to use the Roman Breviary in force in 1962, but makes no mention of the laity or the non-ordained. Since many of the laity have taken up the habit of praying the Divine Office, is a layman praying the older Breviary still participating in the Church’s public prayer, or must he use the current Breviary for this?
Yes. And No.
Yes, lay people (who are not religious) participate in the prayer of the Church when they use the Breviarium Romanum.
No, lay people do not need to use the Liturgia Horarum to participate in the prayer of the Church.
Lay people who are not religious can do whatever it pleases them to do insofar as the office is concerned: say it, don’t say it, say part or all… whatever. If the lay person is not a religious or consecrated virgin, he or she is not bound to pray the office.
However, Holy Church clearly considers that the use of the older, traditional form of office, as it was before and during the Second Vatican Council, is also participation in the official prayer of the Church, otherwise it would not be approved for use by those who are bound to say the office.
Therefore, lay people who say the older form in whole or in part also participate in their own way in the prayer life of the Church.
With that in mind, let’s have a little WDTPRS POLL for lay people only, excluding lay people who are professed religious or consecrated virgins.
Some lay people say part or all of the office in some form alone, or with other – for example in a parish setting before or after Mass.
Let’s get a sense of how many readers do this. Chose an option and then give an explanation in the combox.