From a reader:
Father, I seem to be in a quandry about the liturgy. I attend a Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter Parish in Tulsa and I am an Oblate of Clear Creek monastery, which also uses the 1962 liturgies. My question is this: Is there anything really wrong with using the Liturgy of the Hours as my daily Office? I’ve heard all the standard arguments from my ‘super-traddy’ friends, but they don’t seem to wash. I have an FSSP priest-friend that uses the LOH and is quite pleased with it. What’s all the fuss.
First, it is good that you are interested in the Church’s other liturgical prayer, the office, either with the Breviarium Romanum or some smaller office, or the Liturgy of the Hours.
Since you are a layman without the obligation to recite any office, you are free to do as it pleases you to do. Use this book or that. Say it all, or a little, or none at all.
That said, it makes sense to use the older books together and the newer books together. This way what you do at Mass and with the office has more coordination, especially between the calendars.