Category Archives: Anglican Breviary

Destruction of Advent


Advent. The season of great and ancient spiritual resources. a season of expectation and preparation. And for me, … a season in which The Book of Common Prayer fails me the most. It has removed a great many of the propers … Continue reading

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To use or not to use …?


The Book of Common Prayer that is. In his recent blog post Why I don’t use the Book of Common Prayer Father Jonathan Munn gave his thoughts regarding his own customs for Mass and the Divine Office. This sparked a post named Reflections … Continue reading

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Nativity of the BVM (at Lauds)


The Diurnal as edited by St. John Mason Neale has some remarkable deviations from the Office as we know it from the Anglican Breviary. Comparing the two, as we did with Vespers, may enrich our understanding of what it is we … Continue reading

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Nativity of the B.V.M.


The Diurnal in the edition based on the work St. John Mason Neale directs one to use the propers from the feast of the Conception of the BVM. There we find the following propers for tonight: Antiphons There shall come … Continue reading

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Beheading of St. John Baptist & Commemoration of St. Sabina


Lessons selected from the II & III Nocturn: Lesson iv: We must not hurry past the record of blessed Baptist John.  We must ask what he was; by whom he was slain; and why and how.  He was a righteous … Continue reading

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Later Editions of Neale’s Breviary


As St. John Mason Neale died before he could complete his efforts at compiling a Breviary for the Order of St. Margaret, his friends continued his work using Neale’s notes. As they worked with these notes and published the results … Continue reading

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Neale’s Breviary in PDF’s


There are several editions of the Breviary compiled (mostly) by St. John Mason Neale. I will provide them below in pdf. The Night Hours or Matins The_night_hours_of_the_Church_Vol_1 (Psalter, Propers & Commons of Saints, Season up to Whitsun-tide) The_night_hours_of_the_Church_Vol_2 (Psalter, Propers … Continue reading

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