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Benedictine daily prayer: a short breviary / compiled and edited by. Maxwell E. Johnson and the monks of Saint John’s Abbey. p. cm. Summary. Review: Benedictine Daily Prayer: A Short Breviary, Second Edition (Liturgical Press, ). The imposing modernist façade of St. John’s. Another popular post from my previous blog: This second, revised edition has been long awaited by aficionados of Office books. The revisions.

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In midst of a diffident perusal of scholastic philosophy, he had met Lambert Beauduin, a monk of Mont Cesar in Belgium. A liturgical renewal, encouraging the reverent, intelligent, and active participation of the people, would lead to evangelical renewal and social transformation.

When Michel visited Mont Cesar, it was henedictine Benedictine community engaged in a rather avant-garde program of liturgical education and simplification.

Prsyer saw the liturgy come to life and departed with a clear vocation: In a whirlwind of activity, Michel established a monthly journal, Orate Fratres now Worship and founded a publishing house, the still prolific Liturgical Press.

His enthusiasm was received warmly by the community, and several monks of the community became noted liturgical scholars, including Br.

As the Liturgical Movement spread into Anglican and Lutheran churches in the s, the abbey extended its hospitality to visitors from a wide spectrum of American Christianity. Fostering church unity through liturgical study and common worship is a central aim of its Collegeville Institute, a fellowship program whose alumni include Henri Nouwen, Joan Chittister, Parker Palmer, and Kathleen Norris.

Benedictine Daily Prayer: A Short Breviary

B enedictine Daily Prayer: It is in a series of revisions that have sought to keep pace with the changing patterns of worship at St. A full round of seven offices is provided for each day, and in keeping with monastic tradition its robust office of Vigils contains some of its most valuable material.

Because the book is specifically designed with an ecumenical audience in view, there are some welcome and surprising concessions to other Christians. Scripture readings are taken from the New Revised Standard Version and psalms are listed with both the Vulgate and Hebrew numeration.


Rubrics note when the feasts of some saints, like Thomas the Apostle, are kept on different days, and alternative propers are suggested for Anglicans and Lutherans not quite prepared to commemorate August 15 as the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

With a few exceptions, full sets of propers are provided only for pre-Reformation saints, who may be honored without equivocation by all in the greater St.

The greatest treasure of the work may be the carefully selected homilies, mostly from patristic sources, that have been selected for the Vigil offices of Sundays and feasts.

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These illuminate the eucharistic Gospels assigned by the Lectionary for Masswhich is almost always paralleled by the Revised Common Lectionary, and meditative study of them can be excellent preparation for preaching. The prayer litanies assigned for Lauds and Vespers are also exceptionally good, with short but evocative petitions, a rare balance. The selection of material strikes a great balance between variety and repetition.

The Psalter follows a two-week cycle, with a separate Psalter for feasts. There are two sets of psalms for the Little Hours: Psalm on Sundays and feasts and a separate cycle for other ferias. The offices are relatively short, and permission is granted for further shortening one nocturn at Vigils and abbreviation of the Laudate psalms at Lauds.

The book is carefully structured for easy usage, with plenty of directions and clear descriptions about where to place them. It may seem a misnomer to describe a volume of more than 2, pages as A Short Breviarybut the length is almost entirely to assist the worshiper e.

Anyone who has endured the unedifying experience of not being able to determine what to pray much less of having to join a Facebook group to figure it out will bless good Dr. Johnson for adding pages or so to make things daly. The book is attractively bound, and beneditine well-sized and sufficiently sturdy for repeated usage. A few months of usage have revealed breiary shortcomings to me. The nocturns at Vigil sometimes vary annoyingly in length.

The translations of the Breviary hymns are uneven in beneedictine, and sometimes outright unmetrical, which would make common recitation more challenging. The Grail Psalter is the cross benedicyine must be borne by users of the book, perhaps out of the deep local loyalty that also makes Minnesota winters endearing to the good monks in Collegeville.


The current Grail translation is the work of a native hero, Abbot Gregory Polan of Ptayer Abbey, Missouri, who is both a graduate of the seminary based at the abbey and the abbot primate of the Benedictine Order.

Roman Catholic worshipers will know the texts as the standard for liturgical use throughout English-speaking Roman Catholicism. May he never allow you to stumble! Let him sleep not, your guard.

The translation, in fact, repeats the word guard six times in this short psalm. The recitation of this text five days a week at Terce surely did not breviry me guarded from impatient and uncharitable thoughts. Taken as a whole, the blessings of this prayer book henedictine outweigh its unfortunate and inevitable choice of a Psalter.

It will be especially helpful to Episcopalians who sense a special affinity for Benedictine models of prayer, or who wish to expand their use of the Daily Office beyond the very limited options available in the Book of Common Prayer.

Breiary sets forth a life benedictinf prayer that is robustly biblical, theologically rich, and ecclesially gracious. Brother Virgil would clearly see it as a worthy heir of his founding vision. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. One clarification on the psalter. While the current version of The Grail is from Conception, this edition of Benedictine Daily Prayer like its predecessor uses the inclusive Grail from This is the version with roots going back into the s and is the version used across all the major Roman Catholic liturgical works for the past few decades.

Mark Michael was highly encouraging of the use of the BDP, but he became seriously confused about its […].