Amalarius and the biblical roots of the Divine Office (i)


Amalarius (or Amalar) of Metz mentions that the Church celebrates four offices during the day and four during the night. The latter four he also calls “vigils.” This pattern of four per part of the day are biblically grounded via Nehemiah 9 vs. 1-3: “1.And in the four and twentieth day of the month the … More Amalarius and the biblical roots of the Divine Office (i)

The Psalms, are first, midst and last.


“David is first, midst, and last.” This phrase is (erroneously) attributed to St. John Chrysostom and can be found cited in St. John Mason’s Neale’s Commentary on the Psalms (Vol. 1). The importance of Psalmody for Christians can be easily deduced from the the old Psalters. The entire book of Psalms is recited once every week … More The Psalms, are first, midst and last.

Reflecting on Continuous Psalmody in the Anglican Breviary


The pre-Pius X Breviary largely distributed the Psalter over Matins and Vespers throughout the week. Most of the Psalms from Psalm 1 to 109 were read at Matins and most of the Psalms from 110-147 were read at Vespers. This arrangement of the Psalter emphasizes the continuous reading of the Psalms. The Psalms are read prety … More Reflecting on Continuous Psalmody in the Anglican Breviary