Category Archives: Book of Common Prayer

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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Ordo Sexagesima ~ 2017


SEXAGESIMA February 19.  In the Collect by the protection of the Doctor of the Gentiles is suggested instead of by thy power which would restore the original Collect to Sexagesima Sunday.  Sunday, Sd, II Class., Violet. At Matins: All as in the Ordinary & Psalter … Continue reading

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~ What is the Anglican Breviary ? ~


In learning to use the Anglican Breviary it is good to know why one should use a Breviary and an Anglican one at that. The editors of the Anglican Breviary provide an answer tho this question which is easy to understand and will … Continue reading

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Christmas Day in the Anglican Breviary


In several discussions concerning the Anglican Breviary I have heard it said that it basically a faithful – if not literal – translation of the Roman Breviary as reformed under St. Pius X. In fact that is how I was … Continue reading

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Directorium Anglicanum


  The Reverend John Purchas The Rev. John Purchas (1823 – 1872) died at a relatively young age. But in a short time he accomplished much. His most important achievement is the Directorium Anglicanum. Purchas was born in Cambridge and growing … Continue reading

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Vigil of St. Lawrence & Commemoration of St. Romanus


Anciently the Vigil of St. Lawrence was restricted to Mass only. Relatively late (around the time of the council of Trent) did this Vigil begin to leave traces in the Divine Office. In the Sarum Kalendar the Feast of the … Continue reading

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The purpose of worship


Lauren Pristas, writing about the collects contained in the Old and New Roman Missals, reminds us that “we are shaped by our worship” (Collects of the Roman Missals, location 186 Kindle edition). This is well-known it seems since I have … Continue reading

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