Category Archives: Roman Breviary

Matins by Fr. Pius Parsch


Matins It is night. The turmoil of day has died away and everything is still. The Church is at prayer. She remembers the night-time prayer of the Bridegroom; she thinks of the night vigils of the early Christians in the … Continue reading

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Observing Lent with the Anglican Breviary


Ash Wednesday is already behind us and so is the first Sunday of Lent. Anciently Ash Wednesday began right before Matins with the observance of the Gradual Psalms. Sadly these are not given as a devotion in the Anglican Breviary. … Continue reading

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Concerning the Canonical Hours


Introduction From: The Hours of the Divine Office in English and Latin, The Liturgical Press, 1963. p. 3-4, by Fr. Pius Parsch.  THE CHURCH lives in time and with time. This truth is brought out beautifully in the canonical hours. … Continue reading

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On the Psalms (ii)


In a previous post I mentioned some of the features of the pre-Pius X matins and the matins of the Anglican Breviary. We have seen that the Anglican Breviary follows the reforms under Pope Pius X and reduces the load … Continue reading

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On the Psalms


The recitation of the Psalms The Psalms have long held a special place in the liturgy of the Church. From very ancient times two systems of ordering the recitation of the Psalms have come down to us. One is to … Continue reading

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Matins Readings in Trinitytide


Ordered Readings It will not have escaped the users of the Anglican Breviary that there is an order to the Scripture readings for Matins. The cycle of readings begins by following the cycle of the life, death, and resurrection of … 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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