Category Archives: Sarum

The Tenebrae Litany


One of the ancient elements of the Divine Office that is not included in the Anglican Breviary is the litany which formed part of the end of Tenebrae Lauds. This litany could be found in many medieval uses and until … Continue reading

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Gradual Psalms & Litany ~ Sarum Use


Psalm 120. Ad Dominum HEN I was in trouble I called upon the Lord : and he heard me. 2. Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips : and from a deceitful tongue. 3. What reward shall be given or done … Continue reading

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The Pre-Lenten Collects


The Collects such as they are found in the Anglican Breviary are taken from the Book of Common Prayer. They are not simply translations of the pre-Reformation Collects but rather compositions especially designed for the Prayer Book. But before we get to … Continue reading

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Epiphany (i)


THE MANIFESTATION OF CHRIST TO THE GENTILES: The Epiphany of the Lord.  Today’s feast is about God revealing (manifesting, disclosing) Himself in Jesus Christ. He reveals Himself in the liturgy He has given the Church and unites us to Himself … 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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Octave of St. Lawrence


From the pre-1911 Monastic Office as translated by the (late) Fr. Jack Whitbrock   (From a Homily by St. Augustine) HERE you have the meaning of the words, If any man serve me, let him follow me. But with what … 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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