Have you wanted to use the older form of the office, the Roman Breviary, but haven’t been able to do it because your Latin isn’t strong enough or you couldn’t figure out how to do it?
You are in luck.
Today I received from the nice people at Baronius Press the new set of the three volume Roman Breviary, Latin and English translation in side by side columns.
I think they cost $350. On the Baronius Press website you will see “Out of stock”, but they seem to be doing another printing. They have en explanation of how their pre-ordering process went. At their site you can also see pdf’s of sample pages.
There are accompanying cards, printed on card stock, which have commonly used prayers either during the day or at certain times of the year.
They seem pretty durable, though I may laminate to be sure.
One of those items, by the way, is a small booklet with common prayers for the day, canticles and so forth.
The title of this book, which came with the set, is self-explanatory.
Each volume has a slip cover.
The front is stamped, but this is not embossed.
I like the way Baronius Press handles their leather covers. Their Extraordinary Form hand missal is done this way too.
The paper, endpaper, makes a difference in a book you look at several times a day every day! It better be nice! This is.
General page layout and two of the six ribbons.
There are explanatory, interpretive notes in English along the way.
The colors of the ribbons.
The book lies open pretty well just out of the box, except when open to a page near the beginning or end. That is to be expected. The bind will loosen up.
The great Bishop Bruskewitz is the culprit! WDTPRS kudos to Bp. B!
There is a good explanation of the genesis of the set.
Beautiful books, reminiscent of a better age of liturgical books.
From the Baronius Press website comes this list of the features
A new edition of the Roman Breviary 1961 in English and Latin. An invaluable set of books for all those attached to the traditional Roman Breviary, in the form approved by Pope Benedict XVI in Summorum Pontificum.
Summary of features:
- 6,064 pages printed in black and red, text of all hours in Latin and English with rubrics in English.
- Concordat cum orginali [sic] – meaning the Latin text is approved by the Church for liturgical use, Imprimatur and foreword from Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz STD of Lincoln.
- [NB] Based on the popular three-volume Breviary published by Collegeville in 1963.
- St. Jerome’s traditional Gallican Psalter from the Vulgate is used throughout. [Not the Pius XII psalter.]
- English version of Psalms thoroughly revised to match the Gallican Psalter.
- Follows rubrics promulgated by Blessed Pope John XXIII – the form of the traditional Breviary approved in Pope Benedict XVI’s Summorum Pontificum.
- Scriptural texts in English follow the Confraternity translation (a 1940s revision of Challoner’s Douai-Rheims Bible), which have been revised where necessary to conform to the Vulgate text.
- Contains Penitential Psalms and the Office for the Dead.
- Full texts of national feasts for the USA included in the Proper of Saints. National feasts for England & Wales, Scotland and Australasia indicated in the Proper on the dates they occur.
- English versions of hymns in the acclaimed translation of the Rev. Joseph Connelly.
- Thirty engravings throughout, which have been selected from traditional liturgical books, carefully scanned, and re-mastered – correcting any defects in images where necessary.
- Extracts from the Rituale Romanum (including the most commonly used litanies) given in Latin with English rubrics in an Appendix.
- Full text of relevant motu proprio (Pope John XXIII’s Rubricarum Instructum and Pope Benedict’s Summorum Pontificum) in Latin and English.
- Thirteen Cards with commonly used prayers in Latin and English.
- All texts of the Cards also gathered in a handy booklet – in addition to being on the cards.
- Booklet containing common texts and basic instructions for praying for the Day Hours of the Breviary. Both booklets are sized to conveniently fit at the back of each volume.
- A free copy of Learning the Traditional Breviary is included with all orders.
- Flexible cover, leather bound with edge stitching for extra durability.
- Printed on light cream Bible paper. [Nice paper, btw.]
- Beautifully printed endpapers
- Gold gilt page edges and rounded corners.
- Six soft ribbons.
- Slipcase provided for each volume for additional protection
Did you know that Sacrosanctum Concilium says that those who are bound to say the office must do it in Latin?
I just toss that in because that FACT is interesting.
This set of the reworked “Collegeville” breviaries could be a huge help to someone whose Latin isn’t that strong, or who doesn’t want to fight with some of the harder bits during Matins, etc.