If my brother and I are visiting and say Vespers together, do we say his course, or my course? Certainly there would be guidance around such things, and the universal nature of the rest of the prayer remains. Generally, I think the proposal is very good. If I were to simplify the LOTH, I would totally remove daytime prayer as this is perhaps the most burdensome office for diocesan priests and the laity. Morning, Evening and Night Prayer would be in one volume. With the removal of daytime prayer, there should be more room to reprint duplicate items within the volume to avoid page flipping.
For example, reprinting the texts of Morning prayer Sunday 1 within the feast and solemnity instead of flipping back to the Psalter, and printing the appropriate texts during the Octave of Christmas and Easter instead of flipping back to Christmas and Easter Day. Also I would move the material for feasts that occur during the Octave of Christmas from the Proper of Saints to the Proper of Seasons. Memorials would only be celebrated with the substitution of the proper collect and perhaps a proper antiphon for the Gospel Canticles so special memorials like Our Lady of the Rosary and St.
Martin would lose their proper texts. Instead of feasts day of Our Lady referring back to the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary, you could print the material in on the appropriate page in hte Proper of Saints. To my point about subscription services: All ribbon placement and page flipping is eliminated.
And granted, hard copy printouts of these services for purposes of group celebration kill a lot of trees.
But smart phones seem so ubiquitous, at least in the developed world, that having people use their personal devices for group prayer could be a practical option. The site never celebrated optional memorials. And of course, local diocesan calendars are ignored such as when in many dioceses St. The following website https: I doubt they would do optional memorials but it seems reasonably priced for a parish community.
The also have extended vigils for advent and lent. A priest or deacon could literally celebrate all the sacraments using the application. I also like the idea of a one week cycle. However most people can get their mind around Monday, Tuesday, etc. Then keep the Psalms of the Day for each day, even on Feast Days. Then this could be supplemented by a better selection of Scripture passages maybe some version of the little known Biennial Lectionary for the Office of Readings could be a starting point.
That way you could reduce the number of ribbons and make it easier to pray. There are even simplified forms in existence with just one week and just one psalm for each office each day, giving a total of only 28 or 22 if Compline always has the same psalm. That may be too slimmed-down for some people. Some tweaking would be required to fix that.
The biggest difficulty for lay people is finding their way around the breviary; and one way of making their life easier is this: That simple manoeuvre at a stroke removes a lot of the chasing back and forth between pages, while allowing people to concentrate on praying the psalms. A few months ago, I acquired by chance a copy of the St.
Pius Parsch, for every hour and for each psalm within each hour, 7 uses the Confraternity edition of the Psalms — contemporary, accessible, fresh, poetic and literal at the same time. In sum, it lovingly takes the Roman Breviary and, adding a few Monastic elements and a great deal of careful simplification while respecting the structure and content of the whole, makes the divine office living and accessible for busy layfolk like myself… In A real shame that it had to be thrown out and consigned to oblivion post, and now we just keep reinventing the wheel.
A tragic waste of effort. I can never keep it in stock even though I charge absurdly high prices for it. I once picked up at the Salesian bookstore across from Termini a copy of the Italian equivalent of the above issued by the S.
Giustina Benedictines which I gave to a friend who had to brush up his Italian for the visit of his relatives. Quite a lovely production, AEG, in one chubby volume which my friend told me made the office an added joy for him. I have not used them but would they not fit the bill? I am not familiar with that nixed version.
It is still a fantastic office for the laity, an excellent exercise in training the liturgical memory, and a primary source of catechesis for my small children as well. Aside from all the material eliminated in subsequent decades e. Some might appreciate the weekly cycle better than the daily repetition of and prior. It used the Confraternity psalter and observed the 4-week cycle of the Liturgia Horarum. Copies occasionally show up on eBay and Amazon, etc. Why not the Little Office with a restoration of the commemorations of feasts? This was the traditional adaptation for the laity.
I am presently on a clergy retreat for which many of the priests, about 40, have travelled considerable distances. Even the older priests are mostly using Universalis on smart phones and iPads. The app has many regional versions with local calendars but not, unfortunately the ability to choose optional memorials— which could, no doubt, be easily supplied.
Talk of ribbons and page chasing is probably addressing a problem that will soon disappear. If and when a revised LOTH is published it will probably have an extravagant cost, and the switch to e-breviaries will receive an extra boost. That is pretty interesting. I wish the Universalis site was allowed to use the official translations.
Just my 2 cents.
On a similar subject: I use the usccb. One of the missteps of post-conciliar reform. We probably need a number of forms. Each religious or monastic order their own—for themselves and their lay associates. One for diocesan clergy and interested laypeople. Smart phones make complex versions much easier. In another two generations, ribbons may be obsolete. In the early Roman cathedral office for example:. Lauds had only one variable psalm and canticle each day the Benedictine Office added an extra variable psalm in ;. Prime consisted of Psalm 53 and sections of Psalm each day except Sunday when Psalm was substituted in , whereas in the Benedictine Office Prime works through psalms ;.
And in fact, even once psalm schemas became standardized, this pattern persisted in diluted form through much of the Middle Ages. St Benedict's one week schema for the Office, set out in his Rule, is thought to have borrowed heavily from the Office used by both clerics and religious in Rome in his time indeed, rather than listing out the canticles to be used at Lauds, he simply specifies the one's customary in the Roman Church.
Even after the Benedictine Rule's provisions became the monastic norm in the West as a result of the Carolingian reforms, monks were expected to say many extra psalms in the additional devotional offices that became the norm. The other complicating factor to keep in mind is the development of special Offices for feasts and the saints. St Benedict's Rule actually prescribes that on saints days the structure of the Office should be as for Sunday ie an extended Vigil , but the actual psalms to be said those of the day of the week.
But in fact in both the Roman and Benedictine Offices the psalms of the day came increasingly to be displaced by specific sets of psalms appropriate to the feast, or from the 'Commons' for particular types of saints or classes of feast, which in practice drastically reducing the variety of psalms said, even for those nominally saying the full Office, rather than one of the abbreviated versions such as the Office of Our Lady.
So where did the idea of a one-week distribution come from? Still, the two dominant ones were the one week distributions of St Benedict and the Roman Office. Nor is there any obvious allocation of psalms pertinent to each day of creation to particular days of week in the older Roman Office at least.
So if you regularly miss Sunday Morning Prayer, for example, you will still encounter the psalm s you missed that day next month on another day of the week. I have prayed all the psalms in order at one sitting — it takes about five hours. Liborius Lumma began by critiquing the complexity of the Office. I find these days that I like praying the basic, stripped-down version. The daily office lectionary is easy to follow, and Forward Day by Day has devotionals keyed to it that I like using as well. Forward Day by Day and Mission St. There are nothing like the responsories, forms of intercession etc.
Thanks, Bosco, for passing on this idea. I might give it a try as I have a separate Psalter and my Benedictine Daily Prayer is fitted with extra ribbons.
Do let us know how that goes for you you can comment back here as long from now as you like — I presume your separate Psalter is still the same version as used in the BDP? I use the Aimer Daily Prayer app. Maybe well thought out apps are a good solution for many of us. That might be the same one as found on the Chapel on this site? To some degree, the suggestions in the article would be much like the now-out-of-print office book adaptation of the US BCP under the title of The Prayerbook Office. If not — that is another story for another time unless you want to read my thesis.
I also have to say that most of the younger people I talk to who are using a daily office are using a smartphone app version — Forward Day by Day, Mission St. TEC has a Contemporary Office Book that is just that, the Psalms no antiphons , the offices in Rite II contemporary language and the lectionary readings in one, chunky volume.
Bless, O my soul, the Lord thy God, and not forgetful be Of all His gracious benefits he hath bestow'd on thee. You could drop down a note in the middle of "girded" as I have done, or somewhere else. Paperback of Hours or Tablet of Hours would be more the idea…. It's not supposed to be a sad or gloomy experience. In the first place, it does not really solve the problem of imprecation in the Psalter because many of the remaining psalms contain such notions. The also have extended vigils for advent and lent. This is one such OP.
It does the job for that. Clare is pretty good. For the office, I think that the best app is the webpage based version from Derek Olsen, St. I think that the latter one. You probably already know it but, the address is: This also is one of the resources in the Chapel on this site.
Yet I feel that the traditions we already have for common prayer, especially in the Anglican Communion, are already the right ones, and that what we really need is the commitment to use and honor them. Specifically, we need church publishers to produce intelligently designed breviaries that allow us to go through Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer through the entire liturgical year with antiphons for each psalm and for the Benedictus and Magnificat each Sunday and daily in special seasons.
England is great if you live by a cathedral, but otherwise what their raft of books and options offers is, to put it bluntly, positive discouragement to any layman to conceive or try praying the Daily Office.
Those of us who have a BCP with all the bare necessities including a perpetual Daily Office lectionary should celebrate what we have and try to make sure it is ever continued. Yes, each of us who cares about joining that common prayer ends up with something wonky and different and cobbled together from different sources—but I insist that this is because the church and her publishers have not bothered to put it all rationally together. Besides a few pages out of our BCP, all you really need are some psalm antiphons, seasonal material of the kind Ormonde Plater made http: Yes, it will need ribbons.
But it will be a book any Christian can grow into over a lifetime, it will be worth it, and really good design can make for a lot less flipping and confusion. I think your last point is a key one — a discipline we grow into and do not grow out of. This is one such OP. Even a wooden turntable lectern, eg those in Orthodox monasteries, has too few sides to give one to each part. Somehow though, spinning is more kinesthetically gratifying than ribbon-flipping.
Could your suggestion be combined with the Buddhist tradition of a prayer wheel?