This book is an English translation of the Day Hours from the Breviarium Monasticum published at Bruges in after extensive revision and restoration by its. 19 Apr As you work through the book, you might want to place a ribbon at the beginning of each section so you can find them again quickly. The Monastic Diurnal I’ve heard is nice but I’m worried about the time it takes because I am not a monk and am a full-time student. There is also.

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I hope this helps. Now in order to not make a long book even longer, you will occasionally see rubrics like this: There diurnzl still some ramp-up time, of course.

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First, the Diurnal uses a one week psalter, so you can start any time you like, the core of the Office is the same every week – all you need to know is which day of the week it is. There will definitely be a link to this over on my blog, Sacred Miscellany. Indeed, since the power to approve forms of the office is effectively delegated to individual abbots now, I suspect that in case of doubt, a priest oblate could seek the relevant permission with regard to the Diurnal from his abbot If you are using a different edition of the Diurnal, the page numbers might be different, or it may be missing some of the material I mention.

First, certainly not a detriment to true Benedictine spirituality. There is fiurnal no particular rule when it comes to the ribbons – just use them as convenient. I acquired dirnal Monastic Diurnal from Farnborough and was promptly overwhelmed by any hour other than Compline.

Ribbons and Cards and Tabs Oh My! Thank you Terra for your great blog!

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I too cannot recommend this book highly enough! But you will find it makes sense as you get going I just found your site today, and I am loving it! Thanks Kirsten – look forward to reading your blog entry, and I’ll take a look at the Catholic Answers forum. I am using a copy of the Monastic Diurnal published in by St.


This is just wonderful, and I get a kick out of your humor, insights, and all of the neat books you diurnall. It might be useful to put it in the book. Also subscribed some time back to the very lovely OblatesOfStBenedict yahoo group with daily reflections on the rule by both an Oblate and an Brother.

However, to have converted from Protestant to Catholic my trajectory seems to most naturally move toward what holds the greatest expression of depth of tradition in Christ’s Church.

For those who want a diurnal I think this is the best – it is compact, squeezes a huge amount into a small space, and the hours are very managable. Monastic Vespers has only four Psalms or divisions thereof Roman Vespers has five. The reforms mentioned above did not affect the monsstic of the Monastic Office, the heart of which is the Psalter.

I usually keep one on the seasonal section, for the collect of the day or week, one in the saints section, and then use the others to keep track of the parts of the particular hour I’m saying so for Vespers, one on the Magnificat for example. One thing I would really like to see explained in detail is how to do commemorations properly. I am a bibliophile, recent convert, and layman in the Diocese of Madison where Morlino Magnus reigns in glory.

That said, there are some parts of the Office that change according to the season or feast, and you can find a guide to them in the Ordo on the main blog page for this week, go here: Benedict in his Holy Rule chapters viii-xviii in the 6th century.

Congratulations on the quality of your blogs and your contribution to the mission of the Church. The rest as on Monday, p. Secondly, UE makes it clear that the Offices must be said in Latin; the English of the Diurnal is for study purposes only. When praying the office outside of Lent, do you say the Alleluia after every Gloria Patri at the end of the psalms or just at the very beginning after the Deus, in adiutorium?


The version is simpler, and uses terms like class III, II, I – the older calendar talks about doubles, semi-doubles, etc. The friend who obtained it from has even suggested I start looking at learning the Latin at some point!

The Diurnal has six main sections – the most important is towards the middle, and labelled monadtic Psalter arranged for the week’. The edges are gilt, and it has six sewn ribbons. My edition has square page corners and the print not as crisp although it’s difficult to tell without the real thing.

The Monastic Diurnal

Once you have that down, start on Prime make sure you start on a Monday, or read through the instructions in Monday’s text carefully, as lots of them aren’t repeated on later days! The typography and design of the page is pleasing and easy to read, with columns of text in Latin with parallel English translation. This blog should help this hopefully-someday Benedictine Oblate at lot! They describe it as.

I would have written Clear Creek an e-mail but they don’t seem to have “contact” information for e-mail. My main interest is to have the Latin and English side by side. My guess would be that most of it could be done without a magnifying glass, and the beautiful translation of the Psalms and hymns — and the lovely book itself — is very worth it.

The notes I’ve provided here on the blog are an attempt to bridge the gap for those who don’t have access to a monastery where the traditional Benedictine Office is said, but you will need to work your way through them. How different is this from the Farnborough edition? Surely after fifty years there is some better way of doing this?