Practical Method of Reading the Breviaryby John J. Murphy
So you want to recite the Divine Office according to the traditional unrevised Rites in place prior to 1955? This is the book for you. This is a practical guide to the recitation of the Catholic Divine Office according to the Breviarium Romanum as celebrated before any of the Modernists began changing the Divine Office. This explains simply how to recite all of the Hours of the Divine Office from Matins to Compline. Originally published in 1921, this work is even more important today to those who wish to preserve Catholicism and the Divine Office. Chapter 1 is an overview of the Breviary. Chapter 2 explains the divisions. Chapter 3 is devoted to the Office of Matins of nine lessons and Chapter 4 is for Matins of three lessons. Chapter five is devoted to Lauds. Chapter six explains the little hours. Chapter seven is devoted to Vespers, while Chapter eight covers the night prayer of the Church, Compline. Chapter nine explains where everything can be found, while Chapter ten explains everything else a person needs to know to recite the Divine office. Then begins a section of Practical Theory, which covers any question that might arise in choosing the proper office of the day.
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