QUAERITUR: Which edition of the Roman Breviary?

From a reader:

Keeping this short, which version of the Breviary does the FSSP use?
And how could I find a set?

Since I do not belong to the FSSP, I am not the one to ask.

However, I suspect that, now this is posted, we will know pretty soon.

And while we are at it, I suppose it would be good to know which Roman Breviary the SSPX uses.

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  1. revs96 says:

    Not 100% sure (I will be after going on the retreat in May in Nebraska), but I think it’s the 1962 latin-only version from Novus et Vetera. I’ve never heard of another edition being used. Not sure if the reader wants to know the year (1962) or the publisher (Novus et Vetera), but as far as I know, that’s the one. The FSSP uses only the 1962 books and I don’t know of any other publishers that make the full ’62 Breviary.

  2. Fr. Basil says:

    Baronius Press will soon (2009-2010 according to their previous promises) will release the bi-lingual Latin-English edition originally published by Liturgical Press, Collegeville.

  3. NatumdeMaria says:


    More specifically: http://www.fraternitypublications.com/brrotrobrso.html

    The Breviarium Romanum (1962)

    That’s from the Fraternity Publishing, that’s the main source for the Breviary currently… though, soon Baronious Press is to release it at their site I believe.

  4. jonkknox says:

    Yes, the Nova et Vetera BrevRom was actually published in cooperation with the FSSP. The individual priests, however, most likely use just whichever book they have.

  5. Inkstain says:

    Regarding the Nova et Vetera Breviary they indicate here


    That the FSSP Bookstore is the authorized distributor in the US

  6. It would be great to have the volumes for side by side comparison.

    I have a few sets of different editions. One I have been using is a reprint of the 1961 BrevRom by Dessain done by the FSSP. But I think there is a different version now.

  7. gloriainexcelsis says:

    There is a brand new edition out by FSSP and information is on their website http://www.fssp.com. Click on the bookstore. It is 2 volumes with text of the Psalms from the Vulgate. Text set in traditional 2 columns, all Latin. Complete new arrangement of text in classical order. Rubrics promulgated by Pope John XXIII. Approved according to Canon Law (C826). It’s $298 for the 2 volumes.

  8. jm says:

    Wait, and buy the new Baronius edition coming out any minute. It will be a good product.

  9. You can get it free online here. Make sure to click “1960 Rubrics.”


    It has the English as well, which you can use as a crutch.

    If you have an iPad, with this site, you have a “FSSP” Roman Breviary, though sometimes it doesn’t have all the English for the Matins Readings – you just have to tough it out in Latin.

    ad Jesum per Mariam,
    Taylor R. Marshall

  10. New Sister says:

    Taylor – thank you for the website & iPad recommendation! The FSSP Breviary [which is gorgeous] is printed in Latin only, and I definitely need the English to get started (& probably will for a while!)

    Just to be clear: is it by selecting “Divino Afflatu” that we access the version used by FSSP?

  11. Emilio III says:

    I assume the “Divino Afflatu” version refers to Pius X’s encyclical, so it is probably not the one preferred by FSSP, but presumably used by SSPX? As Taylor said, use the “1960 rubrics” version.

  12. devthakur says:

    Emilio III: the SSPX also use the 1960 Office. Divino Afflatu refers to older rubrics (as you say), and the creator of the site happens to use this form the of breviary.

  13. New Sister says:

    Thanks !

  14. Fr Jackson says:

    I’ve seen a fair number of different breviaries in use by SSPX priests. I’ve got the Mame edition – supposedly an illegal reprint from the bad old days when these things were really hard to come by otherwise.

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