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Biblia Sacra Latin Course

LEARN LATIN WITH THE VULGATE AS YOUR GUIDE....

Biblia Sacra Latin Course Level 1 by Scott Bayer, PhD. and Elisabeth Furbush, PhD.  81 pages

Original year of publication: 1992
Reprinted in the year: 2010

For a full description of this product, please visit the Biblia Sacra Latin Course page. This listing is for the purchase of Level I of the Biblia Sacra Latin Course. You will receive one workbook and one CD ROM containing the audio lectures in MP3 format. Level II is also available separately or you can save $10 by purchasing Levels I and II together. The option to purchase a large-format edition of the Latin Vulgate Bible with the course is also offered. The bible can be purchased separately or it can be purchased at a discounted price when packaged with Level I or with Levels I and II together.

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Dimensions: 8 1/2" X 11"
Stock Number: 9594895
Price: $39.99
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Pronunciation is presented in the Classical form and the English translations of the Vulgate texts are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

 
Biblia Sacra Latin Course Level 2 by Scott Bayer, PhD. and Elisabeth Furbush, PhD.  135 pages

Original year of publication: 1992
Reprinted in the year: 2010

For a full description of this product, please visit the Biblia Sacra Latin Course page. This listing is for the purchase of Level II of the Biblia Sacra Latin Course. You will receive one workbook and one CD ROM containing the audio lectures in MP3 format.  Level I is also available separately or you can save $10 by purchasing Levels I and II together. The option to purchase a large-format edition of the Latin Vulgate Bible with the course is also offered. The bible can be purchased separately or it can be purchased at a discounted price when packaged with Level I or with Levels I and II together.

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Stock Number: 9757706
Price: $44.99
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Pronunciation is presented in the Classical form and the English translations of the Vulgate texts are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

 
Biblia Sacra Latin Course Levels 1 and 2 by Scott Bayer, PhD. and Elisabeth Furbush, PhD.  216 pages

Original year of publication: 1992
Reprinted in the year: 2010

For a full description of this product, please visit the Biblia Sacra Latin Course page. This listing is for the purchase of Levels I and II of the Biblia Sacra Latin Course. You will receive two workbooks and two CD ROMs containing the audio lectures in MP3 format. Level I and  Level II are also available separately. The option to purchase a large-format edition of the Latin Vulgate Bible with the course is also offered. The bible can be purchased separately or it can be purchased at a discounted price when packaged with Level I or with Levels I and II together.

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Stock Number: 9757707
Price: $74.99
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Pronunciation is presented in the Classical form and the English translations of the Vulgate texts are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

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October 14, 2016I have received the material and I am greatly enjoying the studies! I am a bit slow at it but I am confident that I will improve. I have both cd's lessons 1 and 11, and the Vulgate Bible. So excited.K.S. from Canada

 
Biblia Sacra Latin Course Level 1 with Latin Vulgate Bible by Scott Bayer, PhD. and Elisabeth Furbush, PhD.  81 pages

Original year of publication: 1992
Reprinted in the year: 2010

For a full description of this product, please visit the Biblia Sacra Latin Course page. This listing is for the purchase of Level I of the Biblia Sacra Latin Course and a large format edition of the Latin Vulgate (Clementine edition). You will receive one workbook, one CD ROM containing the audio lectures in MP3 format, and one bible.  Level II is also available separately or you can save $10 by purchasing Levels I and II together. The bible can be purchased separately or with Levels I and II together.

UPDATE 3/25/2014: I now offer the Latin Vulgate Bible in 4 different formats. A 6" by 9" size in both hardcover and softcover, an 8 1/2" by 11" softcover, and an 8 1/4" by 10 3/4" hardcover. Be sure to email me when you order, specifying which format you desire (If I don't hear from you, default format is 8 1/2" by 11" softcover). Each format is priced differently, so here is a rundown of the prices- For the 6" by 9" softcover, a $10 refund will be issued, for the 6" by 9" hardcover a $5 extra charge will be due, for the 8 1/2" by 11" softcover(no change), and for the 8 1/4" by 10 3/4" hardcover a $15 extra charge will be due.

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Stock Number: 9757708
Price: $74.98
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Pronunciation is presented in the Classical form and the English translations of the Vulgate texts are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

 
Biblia Sacra Latin Course Levels 1 and 2 with Latin Vulgate Bible by Scott Bayer, PhD. and Elisabeth Furbush, PhD.  956 pages

Original year of publication: 1992
Reprinted in the year: 2010

For a full description of this product, please visit the Biblia Sacra Latin Course page. This listing is for the purchase of Level I and Level II of the Biblia Sacra Latin Course with a Latin Vulgate bible. You will receive two workbooks, two CD ROMs containing the audio lectures in MP3 format, and one large format  Latin Vulgate Bible (Clementine edition). Levels I and II are also available separately but you save $10 by purchasing them together.  The bible can be purchased separately or  packaged with Level I only

UPDATE 3/25/2014: I now offer the Latin Vulgate Bible in 4 different formats. A 6" by 9" size in both hardcover and softcover, an 8 1/2" by 11" softcover, and an 8 1/4" by 10 3/4" hardcover. Be sure to email me when you order, specifying which format you desire (If I don't hear from you, default format is 8 1/2" by 11" softcover). Each format is priced differently, so here is a rundown of the prices- For the 6" by 9" softcover, a $10 refund will be issued, for the 6" by 9" hardcover a $5 extra charge will be due, for the 8 1/2" by 11" softcover(no change), and for the 8 1/4" by 10 3/4" hardcover a $15 extra charge will be due.

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Stock Number: 9757709
Price: $109.98
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Pronunciation is presented in the Classical form and the English translations of the Vulgate texts are taken from the King James Version of the Bible.

 

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Spiritual-Devotional

THE IMITATION OF CHRIST IN LATIN

De Imitatione Christi by Thomas a Kempis  332 pages

Original year of publication: 1902
Reprinted in the year: 2010

We are proud to offer the Imitation of Christ (De Imitatione Christi) in the original Latin. This treasured work of Thomas a Kempis is now available in a economical, accessible format. There are many editions of English translations of the Imitation in print- take your pick!  Like any translation, the original meaning can become clouded or distorted depending on how literal the translation is.  Since Latin is a "second language" for Roman Catholics, it is fitting that we should find ourselves able to read the great spiritual work of Thomas a Kempis in the original Latin. We consulted several different Latin editions of this work before choosing this one, which was published by Desclee in 1902. 

Since we have been unable to produce a high-quality reprint from the original edition we obtained, we have decided to re-typeset this book.  This valuable work needs to be preserved in a totally new typesetting, proper to it's importance and value throughout history. This may take us several months to a year to complete, but fortunately you do not have to wait that long to obtain this honored text. We have decided to go ahead and release the facsimile edition as-is, in expectation of the newly typeset edition which is forthcoming. We will also be offering a totally free download of the entire work, as a pdf e-book. Download it. The e-book is bookmarked for easy navigation from book to book and chapter to chapter.

 We are offering the printed edition in two different sizes.  Both in softcover, one in pocket size and one in large print.

Another thing we would like to mention is that De Imitatione Christi is also available from the Family of St. Jerome as an audio book (9 compact discs) Go to this link, click on the "VENALIA" link on the lower left, and then scroll to item number 20.

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Reference

Latin-English Dictionary by William Smith, D.C.L. LL.D.  1214 pages

Original year of publication: 1881
Reprinted in the year: 2008

 

This comprehensive Latin-English dictionary is offered as a two volume set. These hardbound tomes are constructed with high quality binder's board covered with navy blue linen featuring gold lettering on the spine. The endsheets are constructed from cream 80# stock. The text is printed on cream 50# vellum finish pages. We have posted a photo gallery below with close-up pictures of the interior and exterior of these volumes. Please refer to our full description of the Latin-English Dictionary for much more information on this exciting new addition to our library.

 

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Testimonial(s) regarding this book...

September 05, 2008

This customer ordered two sets!-

This is a difficult volume to find, and the quality of the reproduction is exceptionally good, especially considering the age of the exemplar. The perfect binding appears sturdy enough to stand up to repeated use, which this dictionary surely deserves. It is a beautifully produced edition at a very affordable price. Not only is this convenient dictionary useful in its own right (especially because of its many citations), but is also a very welcome companion to William Smith and Theophilus Hall's English-Latin Dictionary (currently available from Bolchazy-Carducci). Maximus Scriptorius has done Latinists and Latin students a great service in making this dictionary easily available once again.

P.D.S. from Montclair, New Jersey


July 24, 2008

We were pleased to receive this review from William Linney of Linney's Latin Class and Getting Started with Latin.

"...This unabridged dictionary, in two volumes, claims to have every Latin word in it, from all Latin literature.

I know that's an ambitious claim, so I tested it by looking up the most obscure word I could thing of: subnervo. I had trouble finding this word in any dictionary a few months back, and I doubted it would be in this dictionary. But lo and behold, there it was. The dictionary entry gave the literal meaning, the normal meaning, and even a figurative meaning, along with citations of Latin literature where the word could be found. I was very pleased to have such a resource on my shelf.

This dictionary is not cheap, but it's really worth having on your shelf if you translate texts of any kind..."

William Linney


July 16, 2008

Max,
Received the dictionary last Saturday. It took less than two weeks. That is a speedy service. Very happy with the good quality of the reprint. I like the handy size of the dictionary.
I own both Lewis and Short's A Latin Dictionary and Oxford Latin Dictionary. I can list the following uniqueness of the Smith's in comparison to the other two.
(1) Comparative philological remarks on some entries to aid linguistic cognition to other ancient and modern languages.
(2) All plant and animal words are given binomial Linnaean naming as part of their translation/definition.
In summary, great service and beautiful book.
W.C. from Potomac, Maryland

 
Knots Untied of the Latin Psalter by The Rev. F. Pinkman  44 pages

Original year of publication: 1937
Reprinted in the year: 2008

This booklet will serve those who pray the Latin Psalter well. As the author explains, “The object of the following study is to give a vocabulary of words and phrases which have a peculiar meaning, and to give a rendering, which the Latin can bear, of obscure or difficult passages.” This work is divided into five parts thus- Words and Phrases with Peculiar Meanings, Hebrew and Greek Constructions, Difficult or Obscure Passages, followed by two appendices and an index.

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A Dictionary of the Psalter by Dom Matthew Britt, O.S.B.  299 pages

Original year of publication: 1928
Reprinted in the year: 2007

Based on the Clementine version of the Vulgate Psalter, this dictionary will be useful for students of the Vulgate as well as those who pray the traditional Roman Breviary. This is a Latin-English dictionary.

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Notes: The hardcover edition of this dictionary is now available from Preserving Christian Publications in its original splendor. We will continue to offer it in a less expensive softcover edition. (above)
 
Dictionary of the Vulgate New Testament by J.M. Harden, B.D., LL.D.  126 pages

Original year of publication: 1921
Reprinted in the year: 2007

A simple lexicon of the Vulgate New Testament that is based upon the Wordsworth-White edition of the Vulgate New Testament. Although spelling may be slightly different, it is certainly useful for the Clementine, New, or Stuttgart Vulgate. And useful for the Old Testament where word usage overlaps. This is a Latin-English dictionary.

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Define Latin with Fr. Diamond.

Dictionary of Liturgical Latin by Fr. Wilfrid Diamond  156 pages

Original year of publication: 1961
Reprinted in the year: 2007

Defines over 11,000 words used in the Mass, Breviary, and Psalter (including the Pius XII Psalter). Simply wonderful. How did this one ever slip out of print?! This is a Latin-English dictionary. This book is also available in the combo book Liturgical Latin, A Textbook and Dicitionary. Save $$$ when you buy the combo book.

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CONCORDANCE FOR THE VULGATE

Concordance to the Vulgate Edition of the Holy Bible-Volumes I and II (Vulgatae Editionis Bibliorum Sacrorum Concordantiae) by F.P. Dutripon  1512 pages

Original year of publication: 1868
Reprinted in the year: 2007

This huge concordance will be the delight of any student of the Vulgate (this concordance is based on the Clementine version). This is an exhaustive concordance. No, it does not give every occurrence of "et", "in", "est", "ad", (like Strong's does in English) and other common words that occur too frequently to list but it does do a very good job of listing all the occurrences of other words. I have checked it against a modern electronic search program of the Vulgate and this one gets it right every time. The facsimile came out pretty well considering the age of the original copy. The text although moderately small, is very readable. This book is written entirely in Latin. A CD ROM edition is also available.

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This hardcover is the casewrap style. Has a shiny, smooth “laminated” feel. Reminds me of my High School textbooks.

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January 12, 2010

Having just received the Concordance, I am very pleased with the over-all quality of the volumes, especially considering the very affordable price. Presumably these were printed from a scanned copy but the print is clear, easy to read and stands out well on the pages. Thank you, and may God bless you, for making this very useful work available again.

P.W. from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho


March 01, 2008

"When I ordered the two volume Concordance to the Vulgate (Volumes I and II), I assumed they were used books because of the low price. In four days two brand spanking new books arrived. Am I pleased? Ooooh, yeaaaaahhhh..…"

J.D.S. from Conroe, Texas

 
Concordance to the Vulgate Edition of the Holy Bible (Vulgatae Editionis Bibliorum Sacrorum Concordantiae) by F.P. Dutripon  1512 pages

Original year of publication: 1868
Reprinted in the year: 2007

CD ROM edition. .pdf file This huge concordance will be the delight of any student of the Vulgate (this concordance is based on the Clementine version). This is an exhaustive concordance. No, it does not give every occurrence of "et", "in", "est", "ad", (like Strong's does in English) and other common words that occur too frequently to list but it does do a very good job of listing all the occurrences of other words. I have checked it against a modern electronic search program of the Vulgate and this one gets it right every time. The facsimile came out pretty well considering the age of the original copy. The text although moderately small, is very readable. This book is written entirely in Latin. This .pdf is fully book marked and is readable using Adobe Reader which is available for free on the web. This is a read-only CD ROM,  the text cannot be printed or edited.

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A Concise Dictionary to the Vulgate New Testament by G.C. Richards, D.D.  130 pages

Original year of publication: 1926
Reprinted in the year: 2007

An exact publication date is not given, but the year 1926 is mentioned in the Preface, so I’ll safely assume this book was published in 1926 or later. Not as popular as J.M. Harden’s Dictionary of the Vulgate New Testament, but this dictionary is certainly worth a look. The entries are nearly the same but this one is in a slightly different format. This is a Latin-English dictionary.

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The Place Names of the Roman Breviary in Latin and English by The Rev. F. Pinkman  24 pages

Original year of publication: 1935
Reprinted in the year: 2009

A handy pamphlet by Rev. F.  Pinkman, translating the place-names found in the Breviarium Romanum. These can be confusing and difficult to relate to a modern geographical location. Some are bit obvious (usually the transliterated ones) like- Assisium, Assisi or Mons Cassinus, Monte Cassino. Some are less obvious and a bit vague- Ad Catacumbas, The Catacombs, strictly so called ie. at S. Sebastiano or Herbipolis, Wurzburg. Over 480 place names are interpreted in this little book.

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Learn

Legendo by Vilma Little  212 pages

Original year of publication: 1945
Reprinted in the year: 2012

Book 1 of the "Learn the Liturgy Series" by Vilma Little, "Legendo" will kick-off your knowledge adventure with a bit of Latin. This book is not just another simple instruction in Liturgical Latin. So many other textbooks fall short of the mark for that very reason: they are written like textbooks. Little's work is entirely different. In the midst of learning the dry grammatical rules, throughout her work, Little wedges chunks of wisdom and insight into the lessons. Another nice feature of this work is how the pronunciation is presented. She doesn't simply give you the rules of Latin pronunciation and then let you go, each new word introduced as vocabulary for the readings is broken down into it's phonetic rendering, so there is no guessing about how a Latin word should sound when spoken. For example: multum, mool-toom. It's that easy. There is no guessing or speculating on the correct pronunciation. There being so many books available for learning the Latin of the Liturgy, this one is sure to stand out amoung the best. See for yourself.

Save $10 when you purchase the complete "Learn the Liturgy Series" as a set. Click here.

 

 

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The Chant by Vilma Little  146 pages

Original year of publication: 1938
Reprinted in the year: 2012

"The Chant" by Vilma Little is book 2 of the "Learn the Liturgy Series" that I am now offering. I'll let Vilma Little's peers describe this book- (from the back cover)


All who have had experience of teaching the Gregorian Chant in this country must have felt the need of a simple and complete method. Translations of foreign books, no matter how excellent, can never adequately satisfy such a need. What is required is a book in which the whole technique of the Chant is unfolded from its very foundations without undue haste or compression and with the competence born of thorough knowledge and wide experience. Such a book is this for the whole subject is expounded with a lucidity as remarkable as it is rare.

We know of no work which can compare with this in the qualities requisite for a text-book. To teachers and students alike it should prove of inestimable value.” - Dom. A. Gregory Murray in Music and Liturgy.

Lovers of the Chant, whether teachers or students, should be grateful for the publication of 'The Chant.' The simplicity of its language makes it suitable for students; and the suggestiveness of many of its thoughts, often only hinted at in passing, should commend it to teachers.” - Magnificat.


V.G.L.'s work for Church music generally, and for Gregorian Chant in particular, is already widely known. 'The Chant,' with its sub-title of 'a simple and complete method for teachers and students,' sets forth in a scholarly manner, replete with purposeful aids culled from long experience in teaching and Chant, the methods employed by the authoress herself. The subject matter of this book is aptly chosen and worked out in a methodical and skilful way, proceeding from the simple to the complex, and leading the student through the various phases of the art without undue haste or worry.
 

That section devoted to the Psalmody is comprehensive, and here learners searching for the true spirit of Psalm singing, combined with its proper execution, will not go unsatisfied, whilst more cultured readers and any who have ample time and opportunity for study at their disposal, will soon discover that no better exposition, within equal compass, is to be found.

A former pupil of the great Dom Mocquereau, V.G.L. naturally employs the methods of the Solesmes School of interpretation.” - The Sower

 

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The Sacrifice of Praise by Vilma Little  218 pages

Original year of publication: 1957
Reprinted in the year: 2012

Last but not least- here is book 3 of the "Learn the Liturgy Series" by Vilma Little. "The Sacrifice of Praise" finishes off your journey by giving you a complete understanding of the origins, meaning, and use of the Divine Office as an essential part of the liturgical function of the Church. From the back cover-

Today a growing number of people participate in the Church's official daily prayer; they use the psalms, the readings and sentences from scripture and the collects, sequences and hymns, which make up the Divine Office. Priests and religious are bound to it, but many layfolk also take their share in the Church's sacrifice of praise. This book is a simple introduction to it.
 

The author initiates the newcomer into the meaning of the Office, at the same time providing directions for its use. She explains the structure of the Office with short references to its historical growth out of the Jewish temple liturgy and the prayers of the Christians during the early centuries. Very detailed instructions are given to enable anyone to make a start without further help.
 

This book shows the substantial continuity of the Church's common prayer from the Old Testament times down to the present day. The theme is worked out in: (1) an historical sketch of the genesis and growth of the Canonical Hours; (2) an examination of the main constituent elements of the Office; and (3) a consideration of the varying characteristics of the seasons as reflected in the office.
 

There is a practical section giving minute directions for the day to day use of the Office, and a chapter on the spiritual value of the Church's officium, or daily duty of worship.

Save $10 when you purchase the complete "Learn the Liturgy Series" as a set. Click here.

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Learn the Liturgy Series, Books 1, 2, and 3 by Vilma Little  576 pages


Reprinted in the year: 2012

Save $10 when you buy all three of Vilma's Little books as a set. For individual descriptions and sample pages of each book, click here.

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Learn Latin with Fr. Diamond

Liturgical Latin, Church Latin and Your Missal by Fr. Wilfrid Diamond  346 pages

Original year of publication: 1941
Reprinted in the year: 2007

Fr. Diamond's excellent book for Learning the Latin of the Church was developed primarily from a correspondence course he taught to more than 400 individuals in the United States and 15 foreign countries.  The diversity of this group is astounding- "...used in over 50 high schools ...Carmelite Nuns, seminarians, Marist Brothers, doctors, housewives, and other lay people...". This book was desingned to be used by the average person, and the vocabulary is taken directly from the liturgy, not from "Caesar or Cicero" as the foreward to the book so prouldy states. Includes a small glossary.  Also see our other listing for Liturgical Latin, A Textbook and Dictionary which combines this book and Dictionary of Liturgical Latin also by Wilfrid Diamond, which has over 11,000 entries. Buy them both in one volume and save $$$.

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November 04, 2009

Dear Maximus,
                    I received Diamond's Liturgical Latin yesterday.  Thank you very much for the excellent service.

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November 04, 2009

Hello Max,
 
I just received my copy of Liturgical Latin and am very well pleased.  It only took a week from when I sent the order to when I received it.  The book itself looks great.  Thanks again for providing an opportunity to acquire a book that is almost impossible to find anymore.
 

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Learn and define Liturgical Latin with Fr. Diamond. NOW IN HARDCOVER

Liturgical Latin, A Textbook and Dictionary
Liturgical Latin, A Textbook and Dictionary by Fr. Wilfrid Diamond  502 pages

Original year of publication: 1941, 1961
Reprinted in the year: 2007

Fr. Diamond's excellent book for Learning the Latin of the Church was developed primarily from a correspondence course he taught to more than 400 individuals in the United States and 15 foreign countries.  The diversity of this group is astounding- "...used in over 50 high schools ...Carmelite Nuns, seminarians, Marist Brothers, doctors, housewives, and other lay people...". This book was desingned to be used by the average person, and the vocabulary is taken directly from the liturgy, not from "Caesar or Cicero" as the foreward to the book so prouldy states. The book originally included a small glossary.  I thought it would be quite practical and useful to combine into one volume some of Fr. Diamond's later work to augment the original glossary.  So this title includes the complete textbook and original glossary and a complete Liturgical Latin Dictionary, originally published 20 years later. Save money when you buy this combined work!

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April 06, 2011

 Thank you for the book, Liturgical Latin, A Textbook and Dictionary.  My ordering experience was fantastic!  I received prompt responses to inquiries and a fast shipping turnaround with my order.  The book is of exceptional quality, both construction and content.  The lessons are clear and concise with numerous pertinent examples and exercises.  One drawback, if it can be called that, is that the solutions to the lesson exercises are not provided.  Solution sets would be very beneficial for beginning students, but otherwise a great book.  Thank you again!  May God continue to bless you!

LC from Dayton, OH


November 04, 2009

Salve, K. te salutat.

I am delighted with the book and the service, many thanks.
Ave atque vale,
in Christo,
K.M.

K.M. from London, UK


November 03, 2009

I received 'Liturgical Latin' shortly after ordering it and found the process very easy and efficient.

L.M. from Dublin, Ireland


November 03, 2009

Hello,
 
I just received Liturgical Latin and I really enjoy this book!  I am teaching myself latin because I just started saying the rosary in latin and would like to be able to speak the language well enough to know exactly what I am saying.  It breaks everything down and makes it easy to understand plus it includes the prayers of the mass as examples for grammar.  
 

D.M. from Franklin, TX


January 19, 2009

Just received Diamond's Liturgical Latin: Textbook and Dictionary. Very easy to purchase, with accompanying e-mail responses varifying the purchase and another stating that the book was already on its way! From order to reception, everything went along perfectly.
 
I just wanted to write a brief note to thank Maximus Scriptorius Publications for making available such great and useful books today.
 

J.M.M.C. of Gijon (Asturias), Spain


September 03, 2008

Prompt delivery of a bargain-priced and well-published book on an international order.

F.P. from Bendigo, Austrailia


March 29, 2008

Received Liturgical Latin: A Textbook & Dictionary today...Book has already been very helpful.  Cleared-up some confusion.I left 5-star feedback with eBay. Nice doing business with you.

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An Introduction to Ecclesiastical Latin by H.PV. Nunn  196 pages

Original year of publication: 1958
Reprinted in the year: 2007

Although titled “An Introduction…”, this book might be more suitable for one with a little experience with the Latin language. From the preface- “Those who intend to use this book should possess at the least a knowledge of the conjugations of Latin verbs and the declensions of Latin nouns such as may be got from any primer.” The whole first half of the book is basically a study of passages from the Vulgate. The second half gives you some selections taken from various Ecclesiastical writers like Perpetua, Cyprian, Ambrose, Jerome, Augustine, Bede, and many more.

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Learning the New Breviary by Fr. Bernard A. Hausmann, S.J.  119 pages

Original year of publication: 1961
Reprinted in the year: 2007

A very valuable tool for deciphering the rubrics of the post 1960/pre-reform Roman Breviary. Walks you step by step through each hour of the Divine Office. The text is in English; references to the Breviary are in Latin. The scans are not quite as clean as my other books because I did not do the scanning, this file was obtained from someone else. But it is fully readable, no obscure text.

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We are no longer offering this book in printed form, it has been published by Preserving Christian Publications and it can be ordered directly from them. However, we are offering this book as a free download (.pdf format). To get the free download, Click here.

 

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The Revision of the Vulgate by The Roman Catholic Church  55 pages

Original year of publication: 1909
Reprinted in the year: 2012

This booklet chronicles the progress of the commission set up by Pope Pius X to revise the official Vulgate edition (known as the "Clementine" edition). The intent was to restore the Vulgate back to what St. Jerome had created back in the 4th century. See the link below to an article about the head of the commision, Abbot Gasquet. The work was completed some years ago and is available in a complete editon- BIBLIA SACRA VULGATA

This edition has received mixed reactions amoung readers of the Vulgate. Some have criticized it as being too much like a medieval manuscript (archaic Latin spelling, no punctuation, etc..) and others have said that it is by far the best edition available since it is the fruit of the the most recent scholarship and manuscript evidence.

I think you will find that most traditional Vulgate readers prefer the Clementine edition since it conincides so closely with the Latin texts of the traditional mass and breviary. It also respects and reflects the natural organic growth of the Vuglate Bible as it was read, prayed from, and studied within the confines of the Catholic Church for hundreds of years.

The Clementine Edition is still available in a varitey of formats.

Printed edition with two editions of the Psalms (traditional Gallican Psalms and Pius XII Psalms) BUY

Printed edition with side by side English translation- BUY

Simple printed edition (economical softcover)- BUY

Free online edition- LINK

 

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THE PSALTER IN VULGATE LATIN AND DOUAY ENGLISH

The New Psalter with Interverse Translation by Rev. E.P. Graham, LL.D.  578 pages

Original year of publication: 1935
Reprinted in the year: 2010

So what makes this book so unique? Isn't it just the Psalms, presented in Latin and English? No. This book contains, in one handy volume, the entire Psalter of the Roman Breviary with the English text embedded in the Latin. Far different from other parallel texts available, this book allows one to study the translation of each particular verse as they read. This book will be an essential tool for anyone who is seeking better comprehension of the Vulgate Psalms. The Psalms are ordered according to the Psalter Pope Pius X, so this book will is suited for anyone using a Breviary from 1911 to 1962. There are two indices, an alphabetical and a numerical index to the entire Psalter. Also included are the 17 canticles of the Roman Breviary. Latin text is from the Vulgate Psalms, English is from the Douay-Rheims.

 

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May 28, 2010

Received the New Psalter today. Perfect! Exactly what I was looking for.

D.L. from Woden, ACT, Australia


April 19, 2010

My books arrived this morning! I am truly delighted with the books and the response time.

K.M. from London, England


April 19, 2010

I received the Psalter of the Roman Breviary much sooner than expected and want to thank you  for the superior service. The book is an excellent reprint, very well done.  Thanks again from a very satisfied customer!
 

W.R. from San Jose, CA

 

Study the Psalms with St. Alphonsus

Explanation of the Psalms and Canticles in the Divine Office by St. Alphonsus de Liguori  512 pages

Original year of publication: 1887
Reprinted in the year: 2008

The Explanation of the Psalms and Canticles in the Divine Office, one of the rarest works of Saint Alphonsus Maria Liguori, Confessor, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, is now available for a new generation of Catholic clergy and laity. Translated by Rev. Thomas Livius, C.SS.R. and published at London by Burns and Oates, Ltd., in 1887, with a preface by the famous Cardinal Manning, this book will certainly shed light on the obscure and difficult passages of the Psalter and inflame the heart with the sentiments of devotion that make the recital of the Psalms so spiritually edifying, as testified by two thousand years of Christian Psalmody.

Rev. Eugene Grimm, C.SS.R., the editor of the famous Centenary Edition of the Complete Ascetical Works of Saint Alphonsus, notes the following in his preface to his edition of the The Explanation of the Psalms and Canticles in the Divine Office [vol. 14]: “The Holy See has frequently praised and recommended all the works of St. Alphonsus; but the decree of March 23, 1871, which conferred on St. Alphonsus the title of Doctor of the Church, makes special mention of this work, speaking of it as one of his most useful and salutary works. The decree says: He [St. Alphonsus] has made clear dark passages of the Holy Scriptures, both in his ascetic writings, which are freighted with a celestial odor, and in a most salutary commentary, in which, for the nourishment of piety and the instruction of the soul, he has given expositions of the Psalms, as well as of the Canticles, for the benefit especially of those obliged to its recitation.”

In the same preface, Rev. Grimm acknowledges the edition of Rev. Thomas Livius as having been freely used in preparation of his own edition. Many readers, however, have commented that Rev. Livius’s edition is to be preferred to that of Rev. Grimm because of the different formats. While Rev. Grimm has the entire parallel Latin-English text of the Psalm followed by St. Alphonsus’s notes and commentary in the form of endnotes, Rev. Livius has the commentary and notes of the Saint follow each verse or verses concerned (which is in parallel Latin-English text). It is thus much easier to follow and there is no need to flipping pages back and forth.(Latin text is the Vulgate version-English text is that of the Douay translation, taken from The Book of Psalms Burns and Oates, 1878)

Saint Alphonsus follows the Roman Psalter as it existed at his time, i.e. the ancient Roman Psalter that preceded the reformed Psalter of Pope St. Pius X. Thus the arrangement of Psalms is much different in St. Alphonsus’s commentary than it is in the Roman Breviary. Also, the Canticles said in the first schema of Lauds are not present because they were an innovation of Pope St. Pius X’s reform. The Canticles said in the second schema of Lauds are present in the commentary because at the time they were the only ones in the Roman Psalter. Far from detracting from the value of the Saint’s commentary, however, it is a rare piece of liturgical history to which few now have access and it will increase appreciation for the reforms of Pope St. Pius X.

In a time when most modern commentators and editors debase the Psalter in theoretical, linguistic and historical controversies that hinder rather than assist Catholic piety, especially since heretical errors have de-contextualized the Psalter from its true Christocentric nature, the republication of this very important and rare work is a blessing. This is especially so for those who recite the Divine Office and Catholics who truly wish to study the Psalms as our Father and the Saints did and not as modern critics who lack traditional Catholic piety and faith.

Presented here in the larger crown quarto size (approx. 7 ½” by 9 5/8”), we know that this book will be a constant companion to your Breviary, biblical studies, or devotional meditations.

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The Divine Office. How to Say it Devoutly. How to Make it a Pleasure. by E.D.M. (Fr. Paul O'Sullivan)  100 pages

Original year of publication: 1941
Reprinted in the year: 2008

Written for Priests, but certainly useful for anyone who recites the Divine Office, this little manual addresses all of the calamities associated with the poor recitation of the Divine Office, as well as the great graces that are the result of its devout recitation.

With his characteristic dexterity and clarity, Fr. O’Sullivan (who often uses the acronymic pseudonym E.D.M.- derived from “Enfant de Marie” which is in English “Child of Mary”)addresses both interior and exterior obstacles that thwart a devout soul’s attempt from abundantly reaping the fruits of the Divine Office.

After reading and meditating on the sublime teachings and practical advice given in this book, it would be astounding if one does not recite the Office digne, attente ac devote (worthily, attentively and devoutly). Unlike lengthy, expensive and largely theoretical treatises on the Divine Office, this little book is perfect for frequent meditation or spiritual reading. It is an ideal gift for your Pastor, or any Priest, Seminarian or Religious you may know.

The same author who made us appreciate the blessed Name of Our Lord in his book The Wonders of the Holy Name, and taught us how to avoid Purgatory in Read Me or Rue It, and increased our love for our Angel Guardians in All About the Angels, now teaches how to pray the Divine Office, the greatest of prayers, second only to the Holy Mass.

No words are wasted in these short chapters, which show the devout soul the teachings and examples of the Saints and are sanctioned by the experiences and piety of Father O’Sullivan and the testimony of his brethren and superiors in the clergy.

Pages 1-35 book is devoted to prompting one say the office slowly and devoutly and with joy and fervor.

 

Chapters are titled thus-

1) THE DIVINE OFFICE. What is is.
2) VALUE OF THE DIVINE OFFICE. What the Saints Say Regarding the Value of the Office.
3) THE OFFICE MUST BE A PLEASURE.
4) FAVORS WE ME ASK FOR IN THE DIVINE OFFICE.
5) WHY DO SOME PRIESTS SAY THEIR OFFICE BADLY?
6) PRIESTS ARE THEMSELVES TO BLAME.
7) A PRIEST WHO SAYS HIS OFFICE WELL IS A HOLY PRIEST; A PRIEST WHO SAYS HIS OFFICE BADLY IS A BAD PRIEST.
8) A PRIEST WHO SAYS HIS OFFICE BADLY IS AN UNHAPPY PRIEST

Pages 36-83 give detailed explanations and practical applications of the various prayers of the Divine Office.

9) HOW TO BEGIN THE OFFICE.
10) SPECIAL PARTS OF THE OFFICE.
11) THE GLORIA PATRI.
12) OUR FATHER.
13) THE HAIL MARY.
14) CREED.
15) CONFITEOR.
16) MISEREATUR.
17) TE DEUM.
18) MAGNIFICAT.
19) BENEDICTUS.
20) NUNC DIMITTIS.
21) HAIL HOLY QUEEN.

Lastly, pages 84-98 give excellent counsels from the saints on the Divine Office and its recital.

22) WHAT ST. ALPHONSUS TEACHES.
23) THE SAINTS AND THE DIVINE OFFICE.

The book is concluded by 2 pages that give 16 Golden Rules, which basically recapitulate of all that is taught in the previous 98 pages.

Father O’Sullivan does not treat the Psalms specifically. We highly recommend a book called “The Divine Office, Explanation of Psalms and Canticles” by the great Doctor St. Alphonsus Ligouri for a detailed exposition of the Psalms. (available on this website)

It is our hope that this book makes into the hands of every Priest, Seminarian, Religious, or lay man and woman who recites the blessed Canonical Hours. We can offer quantity discounts for orders of 10 or more copies and substantial quantity discounts for orders of over 25 copies. Please inquire at sales@churchlatin.com and specify your shipping address when inquiring.

Update 11/26/09- We now posted his complete biography, for those who would like to learn more about his life. Click on the link below.

Biography of Fr. Paul O' Sullivan.

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November 04, 2009

Hello, it was a blessing and a miracle that I found this website. I feel so blessed. I have two new great books that I have been searching for and couldn't find elsewhere. I love my books, Visits To Jesus in the Tabernacle by Fr. Lasance and THE DIVINE OFFICE by FR. Paul O'Sullivan, my favorite priest. I love these books and I love this website. I feel like I have a new friend. I shall keep in touch with you so I may find something else in the future. God bless you for your fine work. May they continue many years to come.

M.W. from Houston, TX

 
A Short Historical and Critical Analysis of the Douay Rheims Translation of the Holy Scriptures by Fr. Hugh Pope, O.P.  67 pages

Original year of publication: 1952
Reprinted in the year: 2007

This book was created by extracting three chapters from Fr. Pope's great work, "English Versions of the Bible" In 67 pages you will learn the background of the translation, details about the translators, and a detailed analysis of the text. Very useful information for any Douay Rheims user.

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November 04, 2009

Dear Max,  I have received my order this minute - 3.30 p.m., Wednesday October 8 - with the greatest delight & gratitude to you for all you have done to make this possible.  At 89 years of age, now living in retirement, I am able to devote time to things dearest to my heart, such as what Christine Mohrmann & Fr. Hugh Pope have so well elucidated for us.  You have put into my hands these two indispensable aids to solve some questions for me.  God bless you for your kindness & generosity to me. 

 

L.D. from Corrinda, Queensland, Australia

 
The Old Latin and the Itala by F.C. Burkitt  102 pages

Original year of publication: 1896
Reprinted in the year: 2007

A detailed critical study of two 'pre-Vulgate' translations of the Holy Bible in Latin. I don't know much about the author. I believe he was a protestant scholar. The text in this book is a bit fuzzy, but readable. It was not scanned by me but taken from a pdf I obtained.

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Liturgical Latin, Its Origins and Character by Dr. Christine Mohrmann  86 pages

Original year of publication: 1957
Reprinted in the year: 2007

A great little book that gives a short but detailed explanation of Liturgical Latin in three chapters. Chapter One- Sacred and Hieratic Languages, Two- Early Christian Latin and the Origin of Liturgical Latin, Three- General Characteristics of Liturgical Latin. Written in an easy to read format so you don't have to be a historian or scholar to understand what is contained therein. A nice companion to a grammatical Latin course which rarely give any background to the development of the language.

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January 26, 2010

I ran across a reference to "Liturgical Latin, Its Origins and Character" on a blog that I happened to read and went about looking for it with my usual sources to no avail. I ran a search and came across your website. The price was reasonable and the delivery time was acceptable so I placed the order and to my surprise, the book appeared in much less time than was quoted. The quality was excellent and I heartily recommend this book for anyone who is concerned with our Sacred Liturgy. Thanks so much for the fine work that you are doing. I will bookmark your site and check with you on future items.
 

M.L. from Lebanon, KY


November 04, 2009

Dear Max,  I have received my order this minute - 3.30 p.m., Wednesday October 8 - with the greatest delight & gratitude to you for all you have done to make this possible.  At 89 years of age, now living in retirement, I am able to devote time to things dearest to my heart, such as what Christine Mohrmann & Fr. Hugh Pope have so well elucidated for us.  You have put into my hands these two indispensable aids to solve some questions for me.  God bless you for your kindness & generosity to me. 

 

L.D. from Corrinda, Queensland, Australia

 
The Latin of St. Patrick by Dr. Christine Mohrmann  54 pages

Original year of publication: 1961
Reprinted in the year: 2007

Dr. Mohrmann, using her expertise in Latin and History, gives a detailed explanation of the style of Latin that St. Patrick used in his writings.

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The Clementine Vulgate

Biblia Sacra Vulgatae Editionis Volume I Vetus Testamentum by Carolus Vercellone  639 pages

Original year of publication: 1861
Reprinted in the year: 2008

Presented here is the Old Testament of the 1861 edition of the Clementine Vulgate. The original work was split into two volumes, because the number of pages in the original exceeded the printer's limits.  Used copies of this book are extremely rare. This enlarged edition will serve the needs of students of the Vulgate, who require access to such rare texts.

Carlo Vercellone was a monk in the religious order called the Regular Clerics of St. Paul (also called the Barnabites). He later became general of his order. He devoted much of his life to Biblical studies, especially of the Latin Vulgate. He was commissioned directly by Pope Pius IX to publish a new edition based on the Vatican Manuscripts of the Vulgate. Along with using the Vatican Manuscripts, Vercellone also leaned heavily on Cardinal Mai's 1828 to 1838 edition which was prepared under Pope Leo XII. The 1861 Vercellone edition of the Clementine Vulgate was one of several editions used by P. Michael Hetzenauer in preparing his well-received critical edition of the Clementine text. Hetzenauer repeatedly references the Vercellone edition in the preface to his edition (1914 edition, Ratio Huius Editionis). And, more recently, it was used in the editing and preparation of Michael Tweedale's electronic text which can be found here.
The scans for this edition were graciously provided and used with permission from sacredbible.org. The originals were scanned in gray scale, which can sometimes make the text faint or slightly fuzzy, so please look at the page samples before ordering. Smaller text, although still legible, is more difficult to read.

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Biblia Sacra Vulgatae Editionis Volume II Novum Testamentum by Carolus Vercellone  200 pages

Original year of publication: 1861
Reprinted in the year: 2008

Presented here is the New Testament of the 1861 edition of the Clementine Vulgate. The original work was split into two volumes, because the number of pages in the original exceeded the printer's limits.  Used copies of this book are extremely rare. This enlarged edition will serve the needs of students of the Vulgate, who require access to such rare texts.

Carlo Vercellone was a monk in the religious order called the Regular Clerics of St. Paul (also called the Barnabites). He later became general of his order. He devoted much of his life to Biblical studies, especially of the Latin Vulgate. He was commissioned directly by Pope Pius IX to publish a new edition based on the Vatican Manuscripts of the Vulgate. Along with using the Vatican Manuscripts, Vercellone also leaned heavily on Cardinal Mai's 1828 to 1838 edition which was prepared under Pope Leo XII. The 1861 Vercellone edition of the Clementine Vulgate was one of several editions used by P. Michael Hetzenauer in preparing his well-received critical edition of the Clementine text. Hetzenauer repeatedly references the Vercellone edition in the preface to his edition (1914 edition, Ratio Huius Editionis). And, more recently, it was used in the editing and preparation of Michael Tweedale's electronic text which can be found here.
The scans for this edition were graciously provided and used with permission from sacredbible.org. The originals were scanned in gray scale, which can sometimes make the text faint or slightly fuzzy, so please look at the page samples before ordering. Smaller text, although still legible, is more difficult to read.

The Old Testament is also available.

Save $10 when you buy both of these volumes as a set. Click here.

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Read and Study the Clementine Vulgate.....with Carolus Vercellone!

Biblia Sacra Vulgatae Editionis by Carolus Vercellone  839 pages

Original year of publication: 1861
Reprinted in the year: 2008

Presented here are the Old and New Testaments of the 1861 edition of the Clementine Vulgate. The original work was split into two volumes, because the number of pages in the original exceeded the printer's limits.  Used copies of this book are extremely rare. This enlarged edition will serve the needs of students of the Vulgate, who require access to such rare texts.

Carlo Vercellone was a monk in the religious order called the Regular Clerics of St. Paul (also called the Barnabites). He later became general of his order. He devoted much of his life to Biblical studies, especially of the Latin Vulgate. He was commissioned directly by Pope Pius IX to publish a new edition based on the Vatican Manuscripts of the Vulgate. Along with using the Vatican Manuscripts, Vercellone also leaned heavily on Cardinal Mai's 1828 to 1838 edition which was prepared under Pope Leo XII. The 1861 Vercellone edition of the Clementine Vulgate was one of several editions used by P. Michael Hetzenauer in preparing his well-received critical edition of the Clementine text. Hetzenauer repeatedly references the Vercellone edition in the preface to his edition (1914 edition, Ratio Huius Editionis). And, more recently, it was used in the editing and preparation of Michael Tweedale's electronic text which can be found here.
The scans for this edition were graciously provided and used with permission from sacredbible.org. The originals were scanned in gray scale, which can sometimes make the text faint or slightly fuzzy, so please look at the page samples before ordering. Smaller text, although still legible, is more difficult to read.

These volumes are also available separately.  Old Testament  New Testament

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May 28, 2010

I ordered the Vercellone Clementine Vulgate Bible and I was very pleasantly surprised.  The main concern for me was that the Bible be
accurate, as I have found that many of the more recent versions of the Vulgate are not.  I decided to try this one and, upon receiving it, did a
cross check against my correct older Clementine. Everything in the Vercellone Bible matches exactly with the correct versions.

As for the physical characteristics of the Bible, it comes with a glossy cover, very nicely done.  The volumes are well made and heavy duty for
long wear.  The pages are facsimiles and, as such, are not quite as precise as ordinary printing as for example in this testimonial.  However,
it is nevertheless easy to read and there are no pages or sections that I have found so far (and I've gone through both volumes) that are difficult to read.  So it shouldn't be a factor in buying the volumes.  For the price, this is an excellent buy, if you're looking for a Vulgate that is
accurate vis-a-vis the original Hebrew and Greek (Masoretic Hebrew and Textus Receptus Greek)."

J.G. from Bryan, TX

 

I listened to my customers- read the Vulgate between HARDCOVERS.

Biblia Sacra juxta Vulgatam Clementinam
Biblia Sacra juxta Vulgatam Clementinam by Michael Tweedale  740 pages

Original year of publication: 2005
Reprinted in the year: 2009

We are proudly offering the work of Mr. Michael Tweedale who has worked so diligently in putting the Clementine Text of the Latin Vulgate in electronic format, opening a wide variety of opportunities for printing and distribution. This is the simple, "bare bones" text of the Clementine Version of the Latin Vugate, all in one inexpensive softcover book. You can learn more about his work on his homepage. You may also want to download the Vulsearch progam he has developed. It is an amazing tool for studying the Holy Bible in Latin. NOTE: The print is a bit small in this edition. We suggest you view the sample page pdf offered for this book and scale it to actual size on your screen to get an idea of what the print will look like in real life. We also offer a large format edition which is printed on 8 1/2" by 11" pages instead of 6" by 9". This increases the print size quite a bit. This edition can be found here:Large Format Vulgate Bible

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May 28, 2010

First, I just received my copy of the Tweedale vulgate, excellent work. The print is small, but not a problem for my eyes. I had the Tweedale on
my Sony Reader, but it was somewhat annoying not being able to flip back and forth. It is great to have a hard copy version of the Clementine to read for such an affordable price. Anywhere else is in the hundreds of dollars.

R.G. from Post Falls, ID


November 16, 2009

I received the Tweedale Clementine Vulgate yesterday and I am quite pleased. If you are looking for something to tide you over until the Desclee facsimile edition becomes available, as I was, this is just the thing. The print is on the small side, but not a problem for my bifocals. I like the paper. The opacity of the paper and the clarity of the print makes the reading experience more comfortable and pleasant.

W.O. from Garland, TX

 

New HARDCOVER edition, in large format.

Biblia Sacra juxta Vulgatam Clementinam by Michael Tweedale  740 pages

Original year of publication: 2005

Offered here is a complete edition of the Clementine Vulgate in a large format. This volume contains the complete Latin Vulgate Bible in a newly re-typeset format, composed by Michaeal Tweedale at  Vulsearch. At 8 1/2" by 11", this edition will be a bit easier to read than the 6" by 9" edition since the font is rather small. I developed this large format edition to be coupled with theBiblia Sacra Latin Course, so that students may have a resource directly at their fingertips for reading and studying the Vulgate. It can be purchased at a discounted price when packaged with the course.

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The Liturgical Altar
The Liturgical Altar by Geoffrey Webb  120 pages

Original year of publication: 1933
Reprinted in the year: 2010

 

"FOR very many this book of Mr. Geoffrey Webb’s will be a Godsend.” So penned Fr. Bede Jarrett, OP in the foreword of this invaluable title.

This brief, but comprehensive work presents a supernatural approach to understanding the center of Catholic life, the altar.

Considered by some to be “the bible” on the subject of the altar, this book covers its historical development, form, symbolism, and vesting, as well as it appurtenances, such as the cross, candles, use of flowers and reliquaries.

Continuing the words of Fr. Jarrett:

It presents to us in its unending formulas the ritual of Redemption. It does not aim at imposing the dead hand of antiquarianism on the adornment of the altar. It deals with the decrees of the Congregation that are in force, some directive, some perceptive, but only such as are of value today.

This book is also an inestimable resource from a practical aspect, in so far as it demonstrates how to construct a proper altar that conforms to the Church’s prescriptions and ideals without exhausting the parish coffers.

Please do not think that to carry out what is here recorded and to accomplish it…will necessarily be expensive. All that is written here can be done without much cost…

Mr. Webb’s magnificently composed text is complimented with pictorial examples of altars and line drawings that demonstrate how to implement what he outlines.

A timeless classic, this book will be of great general interest to any Catholic, lay or cleric, particularly church architects, liturgical artists, sacristans, those involved in liturgical functions, altar and rosary sodalities, florists, altar vesture manufactures, as well as religion teachers for all ages.

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De Sacra Liturgia Universim, Liturgicae Institutiones- Tractatus Primus by C. Callewaert, J.C.D.  202 pages

Original year of publication: 1953
Reprinted in the year: 2010

PUBLISHED in its final edition posthumously after Msgr. Callewaert's death on the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord in 1943, this liturgical work is perhaps his crowning glory.

The first volume of a three-part set, De Sacra Liturgia Universim was intended as a study on liturgical matters for both the clergy and laity. It is especially pertinent today in the efforts to restore the Roman cultural ethos that comprises Western civilization; the highest and most effective means is of course through the Roman Liturgy.

The American Ecclesiastical Review (Volume 62) had this to say about De Sacra Liturgia Universim in its book critique of 1920:

The present volume is the introductory one to a series comprising the liturgical interpretation of the Breviary, Missal, Ritual, and the ecclesiastical cycle under the title Annus ecclesiasticus. The author treats his subject of the Liturgy in general not merely as a Prolegomena but as a distinct branch of the Institutiones Liturgicae. Accordingly he distinguishes cult or worship from the liturgical expression of the same, as set forth in the history of the Church. The first part enters upon the analysis of the subject in its broad aspects, considering the end and purpose of the liturgical service, the principal and secondary ministry, the fruits, from the doctrinal, moral, and ascetical points of view. The historical aspect begins with the apostolic tradition and follows up the successive practice and legislation through the periods of Oriental, Gallican, Roman, and various local usages, down to the reforms of Trent and the evolution of the seventeenth to the twentieth century.

 

The latter half of the volume is devoted to an inquiry into the sources of liturgical legislation, the early collections and the interpreting bodies such as the Sacred Congregations. A special article is devoted to the study of the texts, the preferences and corrections represented by the literary monuments and typical editions of the Roman liturgy. The final chapter, "De Liturgica Scientia ejusque Methodo", is intended to guide the student in the systematic inquiry as to the manner of exposition. There is a chapter on customs, also a good analytical index. The author has in press a practical guide on the Mass, under the title Caeremoniale in celebrandis Missis tam privatis quam solemnibus, in Vesperis et Laudibus SS. Sacramenti servandum.

 

                                                                                                    

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The text is entirely in Latin.

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De Breviarii Romani Liturgia, Liturgicae Institutiones- Tractatus Secundus by C. Callewaert, J.C.D.  332 pages

Original year of publication: 1939
Reprinted in the year: 2010

A COMPREHENSIVE work on the historical development and principles of the Roman Breviary.

Includes chapters on:

  • Notions of the Divine Office and general rules

  • The History of the Canonical Office

  • The Constitutive Elements of the Office

  • Of the Various Hours of the Daily Office

  • Of the Various Offices

  • Of the Relation of the Office within itself

  • Of the Office outside the Breviary's corpus

Printed on natural-colored paper and perfect-bound in a blue leatherette softcover.

Text is entirely in Latin.

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Candles in the Roman Rite by Rev. Edwin Ryan, D.D.  36 pages

Original year of publication: 1934
Reprinted in the year: 2009

In the Catholic Faith, candles not only represent “the True Light Which enlightens every man who comes into the world” but much more besides!  Discover the rich symbolism and ancient history surrounding the use of church candles in this fascinating, illustrated book.  Educate yourself about the rules and practices concerning candles in the Roman Rite through chapters that cover Masses offered by a priest or bishop, a sick call, the Divine Office and even when administering the other Sacraments or for other solemn occasions.
Last published in 1937 and simply written by noted American professor of liturgy, Fr. Edwin Ryan, this large format 36-page book (originally intended as an advertising medium for the now defunct Gross Candle Co.) is also unique and interesting for its wonderful illustrations, a combination of vivid watercolors and striking black and white line drawings of altars decorated with candles according to rules of the Roman Church. The illustrations are even more interesting for showing properly constructed altars decorated with a full array of flowers, antependiums, conopaeums, pavement candles, candelabra, and even riddel post curtains and candles.
Perfect for any Catholic (cleric or laic) who wishes to learn more about the traditional Latin Mass. Especially appropriate for sacristans, altar servers, church artisans, ladies’ altar guilds and parish florists.

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De Missalis Romani Liturgia by C. Callewaert, J.C.D.  104 pages

Original year of publication: 1937
Reprinted in the year: 2009

Though Msgr. Camelius Aloysius Callewaert (1866-1943) was one of the most frequently cited rubrical authorities of the 20th century, nonetheless, his books have been nearly impossible to obtain for many years.

As denoted in its subtitle, Sectio prior: De rebus cultus materialibus, this frequently cited book covers such liturgical material requisites as sacred vessels, vestments and linens, the form of the altar and its corresponding accoutrements, the symbolism of the various colors, the church edifice and more.

As attested in the book’s approbatio by Bishop Henricus Lamiroy (1883-1952) of Bruges (Callewaert’s ordinary):

…In hoc volumine, magna eruditione et sagaci documentorum judicio exponit Auctor historicam originem et evolutionem rerum materialium, necnon regulas sequendas in illarum usu. Confidimus fore ut hoc praeclarum opus efficaciter conferat ad ulteriorum liturgiae intelligentiam, ad cultus splendorem adeoque ad sanam pietatem sacerdotem ac laicorum.

And as mentioned in The Book of Ceremonies by Very Rev. Laurence O’Connell and Fr. Walter Schmitz in connection with Callewaert’s Caeremoniale:

This [book ] is perhaps the clearest description of all ordinary ceremonies and is written by an outstanding authority. It is complemented by another book of the author, De Missalis Romani Liturgia. Together these two books gives a comprehensive treatment of rubrics and ceremonies. Callewaert is unusual for his depth of treatment. He gives the meaning and reason behind ceremonies whenever useful and always lists carefully his sources. His book is written in Latin and, unfortunately, is not published in this country. We recommend it without reservation...

Reprinted on natural-colored paper and bound in a red leatherette softcover paperback. This book is written entirely in Latin.

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CAEREMONIALE In Missa, Privata et Solemni
CAEREMONIALE In Missa, Privata et Solemni by C. Callewaert, J.C.D.  314 pages

Original year of publication: 1941
Reprinted in the year: 2009

Though Fr. Camelius Aloysius Callewaert (1866-1943) was one of the most frequently cited rubrical authorities of the 20th century, nonetheless, his books have been nearly impossible to obtain for many years.  His Caeremoniale in Missa, Privata et Solemni is especially noted for its systematic and thorough treatment of the general principles of ceremonies and for providing the ascetical explanations for the various actions and gestures, which otherwise, would appear as mere ritualistic motion.

 

As cited in The Book of Ceremonies by Very Rev. Laurence O’Connell and Fr. Walter Schmitz (Bruce, Milwaukee 1958):

 

This [book] is perhaps the clearest description of all ordinary ceremonies and is written by an outstanding authority.  (…) [This book gives] a comprehensive treatment of rubrics and ceremonies.  Callewaert is unusual for his depth of treatment.  He gives the meaning and reason behind ceremonies whenever useful and always lists carefully his sources.  His book is written in Latin and, unfortunately, is not published in this country [it is now!].  We recommend it without reservation.

 

Besides its intrinsic value as a rubrical guide, the reproduction of this book was also seen necessary in light that the original copies were quickly deteriorating, as due to being printed during the Second World War, high-acidic paper was used (resulting in dark browning and brittleness).  The hi-resolution scans were meticulously cleaned of background noise and original printing imperfections, thereby resulting in a high-quality printing.  The book cover was also matched to the original, though the original dismal dark matte gray cover stock was substituted for a more elegant light gray leatherette stock.

 

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The General Principles of Ceremonies for the Roman Rite (For Inferior Ministers)
The General Principles of Ceremonies for the Roman Rite (For Inferior Ministers) by Louis J. Tofari  92 pages

Original year of publication: 2008

Just completed! This 92-page softcover book covers the general principles of the Roman Rite, the foundation of all rubrics. This abridged edition treats specifically of the principles that affect the inferior ministers (altar servers) when fulfilled by laymen. Though the serving of the ceremonies by laymen is done virtually the same as by clerics, there are some minor exceptions (e.g., wearing the biretta or receiving and giving the Pax) which were omitted from this edition.

Don’t let the title of this short, but valuable book confuse you! Though primarily intended for those who are involved with the sacred liturgy, nonetheless The General Principles of Ceremonies of the Roman Rite (For Inferior Ministers) actually has an even broader application.

This book can impart to the average lay person a better appreciation and understanding of the Romanitas of the Roman Rite, a unique characteristic that only the namesake liturgical rite of the Eternal City possesses! Tragically, to many modern-day Catholics, the solemn pageantry of the official worship of God appears as meaningless ritualistic actions. The average Catholic can defeat this liturgical ignorance by reading about the “hows” and “whys” of the Roman Rite, thereby making the formerly inscrutable gestures and reverences suddenly recognizable for their complete devotional worth and purpose! If Catholics desire to draw more from the sacred well of the Roman Liturgy, then the reading of this short book is one way in which to affect this: through education and thereby comprehension.

Of course this book is a boon for the liturgically or rubrically minded, as it solely concentrates on the systematic exposition of the foundation for all rubrics of the Roman Rite, and not any mere particular ceremony. It is in fact the first of its kind to treat of the general principles in this manner, as previously, they were merely expounded (to some degree or another, and usually inadequately) in relation to various ceremonies. Since the principles that this book treats are basic to every ceremony of the Roman Rite, it is of great use to anyone who is involved in ceremonies, be it the laymen who serves (especially as the master of ceremonies), seminarians who are studying the liturgy, and priests who want to more fully understand the demands of the rubrics, and thereby the Roman spirit of the liturgy.

To facilitate the explanations on the general principles, 18 pictures, 2 expository tables and 11 diagrams have been included, while 183 footnotes provide valuable sources of authority, further explanations and various tips. Other features include a table of contents and two glossaries of terms (sanctuary-related and rubrically-related) used within the book.

Printed in easy-to-read text, this 5½" x 8½" booklet is packed with essential knowledge for any Catholic interested in better understanding the ceremonial intricacies of the ancient Roman Rite, but especially for master of ceremonies, adult servers (ages 12 and up) and clerics (even priests).

This booklet is a prelude to an upcoming comprehensive edition that will include even more information regarding incensations, matters that affect clerics who fulfill the various offices of inferior ministers, general principles for sacred ministers and some general items about pontifical ceremonies.

If you desire 10 or more copies, price is $7.00 each. Please contact us at sales@churchlatin.com for bulk inquiries.

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[Update 1/19/09- Read this review on Fr. Z's Blog]

 
Server's Mass Response Card
Server's Mass Response Card by Louis J. Tofari

Original year of publication: 2008

In a project that spanned nearly four years, this card was the first completed project of ROMANITAS PRESS.

You might perhaps be already familiar with a similar response card that Benziger Brothers produced over fifty years ago and which has been often reproduced. The ROMANITAS PRESS’ version was developed similarly on this former model and includes improvements, corrections and some valuable additions which are outlined below.

The primary intent of this card was for training purposes (i.e., off the altar, as the server is presumed to have his responses memorized), so its size was substantially expanded to accommodate the additional explanatory texts that do not exist on the Benziger edition. Nevertheless, recognizing that often such a card is needed at the altar, the layout was carefully arranged to provide it with a compact size when folded, while a lightweight, but thick paper stock was utilized to keep it stiff when being held.

The card consists of four, double-sided partitions (though the images make it appear that there are only three) which fold down to a single partition.

The front partitions of the card contain the Latin responses with their corresponding English phonetic renderings. An improvement made in this area was in conforming all of these phonetic renderings according to the Roman Church’s method of pronouncing liturgical Latin more romano, thereby correcting various Anglocizations that frequently existed in previous versions of response cards. The phonetic renderings were also aligned under each word, rather than strung out from column end to column end, which helps the reader to better visualize how each syllable is to be pronounced. Also the various rubrical instructions for the liturgical gestures and reverences made in connection with the various responses were expanded and the responses made when serving for a bishop were added. To utilize the front side, simply start at side 1, then flip the card over to side 2, open the card once to read side 3, then side 4.

The back partitions of the card (accessed by opening the card completely) are found some helpful explanations and basic rules on more romano pronunciation and responding, a list of common pronunciation mistakes made by English-speakers, and even footnotes providing pertinent authoritative citations.

Another improvement of this card is the newly-typeset text printed in red and black and in easy-to-read fonts.

Finally, a clear matte varnish was applied after the printing to increase the anti-glare property of the matte paper stock and to protect the card from moisture and frequent use.

This item is out of stock. Visit www.romanitaspress.com to order.

[Update 1/19/09- Read this review on Fr. Z's Blog]

 
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Please support Romanitas Press by Louis J. Tofari

Listed on my homepage are several reprints and original work by Romanitas Press. I do not stock these items, you will need to go directly to the Romanitas Press website to order them. www.romanitaspress.com/

You will find many wonderful resorces on Romanitas Press.com, so browse around while you are there- and when you place your order, don't forget to mention that the churchlatin.com guy sent you!

 

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In order to stimulate interest in a few very important works that have gone out of print, we will be offering a few select titles at near cost, since the print quality is not desireable. The .pdfs used to print these books are considered sub-standard for publishing and are not suitable for mainstream sales. They are readable and usable but they are not of the quality that one would desire. We are offering them because of importance and rarity of these titles. The pdfs originated from www.archive.org. Along with the printed copy, we will provide a link to the full version of the book that can be downloaded and viewed in a variety of formats.

THE DIVINE OFFICE, Explanation of the Psalms and Canticles by St. Alphonsus de Liguori  524 pages

Original year of publication: 1889
Reprinted in the year: 2007

An excellent book that contains a wonderful introduction to the Psalms followed by the text of Psalms in Latin (Vulgate) and English (Douay Version) with St. Alphonsus' commentary underneath. This book will be a huge help to anyone who- prays the Psalter alone or within the Divine Office, are studying the Psalms in a bible study, or if you just want to understand the Psalms with the wisdom of one of the Church's best spiritual writers. Please view the full version before purchasing. NOTE: We are also offering the Fr. Livius translation of this book as well. It has been professionally scanned from an original copy of the book.  The quality is much better that the archive.org scans and the book is printed in a larger size. View it here.

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November 04, 2009

Hello, it was a blessing and a miracle that I found this website. I feel so blessed. I have two new great books that I have been searching for and couldn't find elsewhere. I love my books, Visits To Jesus in the Tabernacle by Fr. Lasance and THE DIVINE OFFICE by FR. Paul O'Sullivan, my favorite priest. I love these books and I love this website. I feel like I have a new friend. I shall keep in touch with you so I may find something else in the future. God bless you for your fine work. May they continue many years to come.

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VISITS TO JESUS IN THE TABERNACLE, Hours and Half-hours of Adoration Before the Blessed Sacrament by Fr. F.X. Lasance  657 pages

Original year of publication: 1898
Reprinted in the year: 2007

A wonderful prayerbook with 31 structured meditations designed to lift your heart and mind to God during adoration of the blessed sacrament. Contains many other prayers and devotions. I saw 2 different used copies of this book going for more than $400 each. Very rare. Please view the full version before purchasing.

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We are currently considering the following books for reprinting. We really need your feedback concerning these titles. Which of these do you feel are the most important and should be published first? Are there any titles you know of that are not listed here that should be reprinted? Your feedback, please. contribute@churchlatin.com

Study the Vatican Editions of the Sacred Latin Vulgate Bible

Biblia Sacra Vulgatae Editionis, Exemplar ex Typographia Apostolica Vaticana, Romae 1592 by Leander van Ess

Original year of publication: 1822-4

A 3 volume edition of the Latin Vulgate that presents the 1592 edition of the Vatican text of the Clementine Vulgate, with the variances of the 1590, 1593, and 1598 editions listed as footnotes.  Coming in mid 2009.

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Books I want/need. If it is in my budget, I will be willing to buy these titles. A trade can be worked out as well.

Novum Jesu Christi Testamentum by Desclee (publisher)

I am looking for early New Testaments in Latin (pre-1900), printed by Desclee under the Society of St. John the Evangelist.

 
La Sainte Bible by Desclee (publisher)

I am looking for early (pre-1900) bibles in the French language, published by Desclee under the Society of St. John the Evangelist

 

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HELP US REPRINT THE HOLY BIBLE IN LATIN

Biblia Sacra, Vulgatae Editionis, Sixit V. Pont. Max. Jussu recognita ed Clementis VIII auctorita te edita by Desclee (publisher)  956 pages

Original year of publication: 1901

 

 

 

UPDATE: FEBRUARY 2012

I have posted some images of a representation of what the reprint will look like when finished. Please take a look and as always, feedback is appreciated.

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UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 2011- All future updates will be posted at the link below

VULGATE PROJECT UPDATES 

 

UPDATE: JULY 2009

The complete Biblia Sacra Desclee Edition is available on Google Books. It can be viewed and/or downloaded at the link below.

BIBLIA SACRA VULGATAE EDITIONIS

 

 

UPDATE: MARCH 2009  We have just acquired a copy of the first edition (AD 1881).  Beautiful two-color text with additional ornamental features. We will consider this edition for reprinting instead of the 1901 edition. You can view some pics of this beautiful tome at the bottom of this webpage.

 

 We at churchlatin.com are proposing a major reprinting project. We would like to put back into print this beautiful edition of the Latin Vulgate, so that this work of art can be read and appreciated by all. There are a handful of editions of the Bible in Latin available today. None are as beautifully illustrated and formatted as this particular one. During our years of collecting Vulgate texts printed in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, we have found that this edition seems to be one of the last ones printed with all of the beauty and elegance that is due to such a venerable text. It seems that all of the editions printed after this one (by this publisher and by others) present the text only without any illustrations and do not use the same wonderful typography. Just look to the left at some samples of a few of the pages. (any of the full page images displayed can be cliked on and a full size pdf sample page book will open)


 

  To the reader...


It seems that we live in an age where only the bare-minimum is done when publishing. In these days it seems that only the text is provided with little or no illustrations. But the typography and illustrations are not the only reason why we want to reprint this particular edition. It is also because of the editorial quality of the text itself. Below is an English translation of the “To the Reader” from the original work.

 Receive, dear reader, from the St. John the Evangelist Press of Tournai (Belgium) the Holy Bible in Latin, most diligently corrected and in faithful accordance with the Vatican edition authorized by Clement VIII and published in 1598. Since many have expressed the wish that, following the excellent work of the eminent scholar Charles Vercellone, there might be a new edition in more elegant form which, while based on his outstanding scriptural studies, could be produced at a lesser price, we decided that it would not be uncalled-for to create this edition of ours. 

Moreover the method which the editors decided to follow in this effort are with pleasure derived from the important guidelines Pope Clement VIII laid down for his edition. That is, he ordered that no one should undertake to publish this edition of Holy Scripture without first consulting a copy of it printed at the Vatican press. The form of this copy should be inviolably followed without the least particle of the text being changed, added or subtracted, unless something is found which is clearly ascribable to typographical negligence. 

If one investigates the reasons for this precept, it becomes easily apparent how useful and wise it was. For the Pontiff was looking for nothing else than to put an end to that enormous discord among innumerable editions through which, by ignoring tradition and the authority of the Church, everyone had been wont to indulge his own inclinations.

Thus it is impermissible for anyone to change anything in the text of the Vulgate edition in any way. It is forbidden by the very notion and sacredness of an authorized text, one having been established as such by the authority of the Church. Since it is the business of this authority to see to the integrity and unity of the Scriptures, the text it has established as the noblest document of tradition must be preserved with utmost care and vigilance. So no matter how much it may seem to us that, in the light of critical scientific reasoning and rules, some things ought to be changed, there is a fear that they might involve those things which were left unchanged deliberately. (Preface to the Reader) 

Finally, since, in the judgement of the foremost theologians and best scholars, the current readings of the Vulgate edition merit being treated cautiously and with prudent reverence even in matters minute and of small importance, our decision was never to depart from the Vatican — that is, the authorized — edition, unless by chance there was clear evidence of a manifest error on the part of the typographers. Hence we thought it best to safeguard that edition with utmost reverence as the definitive norm of the sacred text; we have striven to follow the precepts of the Holy See. 

The authors of the Vatican edition had not taken it upon themselves to print anything new and recently discovered, nor, likewise, did we ourselves undertake to do anything other than render with utmost exactitude the edition of 1598 (of which a copy lay before us). That edition is the last one of the three published under the auspices of Clement VIII, and through it the authorized text, with three appended lists of corrections, has been perfectly preserved. 

In no way could we be unaware of the weight with which certain readings are typically supported, like the famous proficiens [“advancing, making progress”] for proficiscens [“departing”] of II Samuel 3, 1, or the affigentes [“affixing, nailing” (to the cross, i.e., crucifying)] for affligentes [“striking or smashing against, striking down”] of Acts 2, 23. But no matter how much they appeal to us — in our private judgement preferring a different reading than the one presented by the Vatican text — we have not ventured to accept them. But because there are praiseworthy scholars — as the Venerable Cardinal Bellarmine has proved — who, well equipped with scholarly knowledge and other aids, devote their efforts to examining and confirming original readings even in all the smallest particulars, we did not think we should reject the emendations contained both in the publications of the best authors and in other, modern editions. Among the latter, we have put much effort into comparing especially the edition which the famous Charles Vercellone oversaw under the auspices of the most holy Pius IX; and in addition to other editions, those of greatest authority in France, Italy and Germany. We have employed these and others in figuring out obscure passages; in determining punctuation — whenever, that is, we feared that the sense might be altered or where it seemed to us that greater clarity might be obtained; and, finally, in correcting the addition of so-called citations, and other things of this kind. Quite often, for example, in the Vatican edition you will find a period followed by a lower-case letter; in Vercellone’s edition you will find this unchanged, even though he did not hesitate to alter some elements in many things of easily greater importance. So it had to be determined — often from the sources or from other editions or publications — whether the sentence in the preceding phrase was completely finished. Besides this it is clear that, due to printer negligence, one of two periods has sometimes been lost. All these things are found to be of small or, rather, no importance, if you look at the matter itself; however in issues of greater importance we have never rejected the Vulgate edition on any pretext whatsoever, as we have stated. 

It remains for us to explain certain other things we did in preparing this edition. 

The prefaces of St. Jerome according to the Vallarsi edition, generally included as one might expect, have been emended. — As for proper names, whose spelling in the Vulgate edition is by no means consistent, we have deliberately refrained from changing and rewording them in accordance with a fixed standard. — We have corrected and expanded so called biblical concordances or crossreferences of parallel passages (placed in the margin according to ancient custom), since they are largely erroneous in the Vatican edition; for the hard work of those who have inserted these kinds of things and other items of the same type in other editions is not condemned by the Apostolic See. — For the same reason we thought the captions, too, which head individual chapters, should be retained as aids for ease of use by students. — We have not shrunk from the incredible labor of cleaning up biblical indices, which the famous Vercellone left out, as though it were intolerable drudgery and labor to correct them properly, given that many preachers, students of theology and others have earnestly desired them. 

May, finally, this edition of the Sacred Bible be published, and may it bear exceedingly rich fruits of knowledge and piety; we humbly pray that St. John the Evangelist, our great patron, who drew his stream of divine eloquence from the sacred font itself of the Lord’s breast and, inebriated with the grace of the Holy Ghost, more deeply revealed to others the hidden things of Divinity, might obtain these results for us through his kind intercession with the most sacred Heart of Jesus.
 

Tourai, Belgium, on the feast of our holy father Benedict, 1885

After reading the English translation, I suspect that you may be as convinced as I, that this particular edition of the Vulgate which has been published following the guidelines laid down by Pope Clement VIII himself, is an exemplar for reprinting. Biblical scholar Carlo Vercellone, although only one amoung many earlier and later scholars (such as Cardinal Ximenes, Leander van Ess, Cardinal Fillion, M. Hetzenauer, A. Grammatica) who produced corrected editions of the the Clementine text, seems to stand out amoung the others or at least deserves equal praise and recognition for his text.   

 

A book review from 1886.

Here is an interesting article I found in the January 1886 edition of the Dublin Review.

Biblia Sacra Vulgata Editionis Sixti V Pont. Max. jussu recognita et Clementis VIII auctoritate edita. Tornaci Nerviorum : typis Soc. Sancti Ioannis Evangelistae, Desclee, Lefebvre et Soc. 1885.
IN the DUBLIN REVIEW of October, 1883, I brought before the notice of its readers several liturgical publications of the Tournay Liturgical Printing Press of St. John. The same publishers have just brought out a new edition of The Vulgate. As appears from the preface, it is arranged exactly on the same critical principles as that of 1883, except that the size is different and the ornamental adjuncts are changed. The present is a most handy volume in small octavo, printed on stout paper, in double columns. It has two maps, one of Palestine in the time of Our Lord, the other of the journeys of St. Paul. A very useful index of lessons, epistles, and gospels of the Sundays has also been added. The cheapness (frs. 7-50) of the volume, which extends to nearly a thousand pages, will no doubt be an additional recommendation of it to students.
A. BELLBSHEIM. 

The 1901 edition we are reprinting is an exact reprint of the 1885 edition mentioned in the article.

 

Now, about our reprint...

Now we come to the reprinting details. My goal is to produce a new printing of this edition in a beautiful and durable format. These are the features that I have in mind: 

-to have the originals scanned professionally at the highest resolution possible. There may be many who would argue that a newly retypeset edition would be far superior to a facsmile.This may be true. But it is also true that it would take years to produce such an edition, and then one must deal with typographical errors and other issues. In my opinion, a facsmile is the way to go, preserving all of the beauty of the original, with only a small sacrifice of text and image quality. 

-to be printed on high quality bible paper

-to be printed in a handy, 6 inch by 9 inch size.  Small enough to carry with you, large enough to fit your hand nicely and lay flat when opened.

-to implement a high quality binding with attractive headbands 

-to be bound between hardcovers 

-to have two non-fraying ribbon markers 

FEB 2010 UPDATE: We had originally planned to offer this book with a flexible leather cover, gilded page edges with rounded corners, etc... After receiving several quotes from printers/ binders, it is quite obvious that we do not have the funds to reprint this edition of the Vulgate as we wish to. We are exploring other options at this point. Quality will not be sacrificed, but features will have to be.

 

I have included a sampling of pages from the book, please take a look.

Also, we have posted some images below. The first five photos, are a representation of what we would like the finished product to look like.  The last three photos are some shots of two copies of the original 1901 edition, in different bindings.

We need your feedback on this project.  What do you think?  Would you purchase a copy? Do you have any suggestions?

To read what people are saying, see the testimonials below.

Please send all suggestions, comments, or inquiries to contribute@churchlatin.com

If I may ask one more thing of you- Please share this webpage with friends, family, or anyone you may correspond with. What could be more important than the most beautiful and vernerable translation of the Holy Scriptures, perserved within the Church, free from all error and corruption?

We had hoped to have officially started on this project by now but we are currently stuck in the pre-planning stages. Since we have so many other unfinished projects that have been put "on the back burner", this project is somewhat delayed. It will probably be another two years until this beautiful edition of the Vulgate is manifested on the printed page yet again.

To stay updated on the process, visit this page periodically or join the Latin Nerd Warriors and receive updates directly to your inbox.

March 2009 update:  We have just acquired a copy of the first edition (AD 1881).  Beautiful two-color text with additional ornamental features. We will consider this edition for reprinting instead of the 1901 edition. Take a look at it here.

Thank you.

Maximus Scriptorius

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

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Testimonial(s) regarding this book...

November 04, 2009

I was just wondering how far away are you from being able to print the vulgate.  I would like to see you reprint the 1881 edition with black and red pages and my brother and I would each order one.
 

D.M.


November 04, 2009

I would be very interested in the proposed re-issue of the Vulgate:
1.bible paper
2.leather covers
3.guilt and round edges
Thank you for your endeavors!
 

J.L.


November 04, 2009

I'm very interested in your vulgate project.  If it becomes available, I would definitely be interested in purchasing a copy.

K.W.


November 04, 2009

I would most certainly buy a copy of your planned Latin Bible, would even be cool to have an electronic edition (pdf) with the book as well. Based on the scans, the colour one has a cream background (age/condition) whereas the B&W has a white background. So unless you can get the colour one on white then I'd prefer the B&W. My prayers are with you. This will be amazing!

M.B.


November 04, 2009

Let me know when the latin bible is ready

Anonymous


November 04, 2009

I love the look of the 1881 sample pages, much nicer than the 1901. I would be very interested in purchasing a copy. Do you think you could produce it for around twice the price of a comparable quality English bible?

I have downloaded the 1901 pdf file and use it regularly for study. Thanks ever so much for the pointer.

W.O.


March 19, 2009

Although I should like it especially bound in flexible genuine leather, I WILL purchase this in whatever format you finally choose

Anonymous


February 23, 2009

 I'd be interesting in buying one if it is produced and I have the money.

J.O.


February 22, 2009

I definitely would be interested in purchasing such a Bible. Just the collection of pictures makes it worth it! Thanks so much for doing this.
I am waiting!  (And I don't even read Latin.   ...Yet)
 

C.C.


February 21, 2009

I just came across your website churchlatin.com.   I am so excited about your plan to reprint a classic Vulgate!  You will go on my prayer list tomorrow!  Add me to your list of interested future buyers.

T.B.


February 14, 2009

Max, you have one more supporter of your biblia sacra vulgatae editionis project - it looks beautiful and I hope it makes it to print soon.

 
T.P. from North Adelaide, South Australia


February 10, 2009

What a great idea! I'd be very interested in getting a copy. If it can be produced for under US$100, all the better.

F.P. from Bendigo, Australia


February 10, 2009

I too would purchase a copy of this Bible...and only if it was a facsim copy too. Good choice.

E.


February 01, 2009

I looked yesterday at your webpage and was facinated by your Bible project.

P.X.


February 01, 2009

I can attest for myself and several clerics (still seminarians and those ordained) that we would support this project if it were feasible in the financial realm. ...this is a wonderful project and I thank you.
 

Fr. C.O.


January 28, 2009

I read about your Vulgate reprint project on your web page, and I am writing to let you know that I consider this a great idea.
I would be definitely interested in buying it.

Right now, the only Clementine available in print in N. America is the Madrid Clementine, available from American Classical League.
It is a very plain Bible - so I think there could be a market for beautifully printed Vulgate.

H.F. from Ontario, Canada


January 25, 2009

I would absolutely love to purchase a copy of this bible.  What wonderful pictures and text.  May God bless you on this project!
 

J.A.


January 25, 2009

I strongly encourage you to pursue this project. I would definitely purchase a copy if it were appropriately priced. I might also suggest you do something along the lines of a "pocket size" for seminarians (like myself) who would like to have something easy to carry with my breviary. All the same, I would buy a copy of either size.

C.S.


January 22, 2009

I just saw a copy of this edition in Rome and tried desperately to get a copy on AbeBooks.com and got a different Desclee without the images.  You can imagine when a priest friend showed me your website, how excited I was.  Please add me to any mailing list of updates and I will certainly advertise it far and wide. 
 

C.S. from Hilton Head Island, SC


January 22, 2009

What a contribution to the Church you will make with the reprinting of this most wonderful and majestic Vulgate. When these are made available, you can count on a few purchases from myself. Thank you so much for your most important work.

 

T.H. from West Roxbury, MA


January 22, 2009

I think that your Vulgate Project is a wonderful idea.  I am interested in purchasing a copy of this edition when it becomes available.

P.M.


January 22, 2009

I would certainly buy a copy.  Keep up the good work!

D.G.

 

Vulgate Project Updates Posted Here

The Vulgate Project Update Page

 

UPDATE 4/22/11- As mentioned in an earlier update, the beautiful 2-color first edition (1881 A.D.)  will be reproduced instead of the black and white last edition (1901 A.D.) I have spent the last year or so doing a considerable amount of discernment and research on several aspects of this project. After much consideration, I have decided to do all of the scanning myself. Quality control and attention to detail are important in this step. You can pay for that but it is expensive. Editing was never an issue. I knew that I would have to do it myself but I did not know how. In a short amount of time I have been able to get a firm grip on this process. I have learned that there is a science to the scanning and image editing process. I have tried my best to learn this science both through personal research and the help of professionals. I have also been researching into the history of the publishing company of Desclee under the name of The Society of St. John the Evangelist which originated in Tournai, Belgium. It has led me on an email chase from the Abbey of Maredsous to the Historical Society of Tournai. I have learned a lot and the research is not finished. I plan on sharing this fascinating story at the time of printing.

 I have begun the scanning/editing process and provided some sample images to the left.  I have uploaded examples of the raw scans and the edited image which is close to what the end product will look like. Click on the images or on the links below to open a pdf file of each.  I am still perfecting the editing process, so please consider these samples as a work-in-progress. I am very reluctant to set any dates or deadlines as to when copies of the work will be available.  My schedule is very fluid and unpredictable. I will use all available time for this project and I'll try to post updates when prudence allows them. I'd love to hear your feedback.

ask@churchlatin.com

UPDATE: February 2012. Please look below in the image gallery for some images of a representation of what the finished product of this book will look like.

UPDATE: February 2013. It is hard to believe that a year has gone by since my last update. Since this project was initially proposed several years ago, it seems that my life was not quite as complicated and busy as it is today. The project has been moving in slow motion. I expected to have it done by now and I've barely gotten my feet wet. Time is not on my side so I'm exploring several options as how to get this thing moving a bit faster. More updates to come.

 

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Book Reviews

A truly unique new offering for Latin Mass goers....

Saint Edmund Campion Missal and Hymnal for the Traditional Latin Mass
Saint Edmund Campion Missal and Hymnal for the Traditional Latin Mass by Jeff Ostrowski, Editor  970 pages

Original year of publication: 2013

I was quite delighted to run across this wonderful new Missal/Hymnal created for the Traditional Latin Mass. Before I even start this "review", I must stress one point very frankly. I am no authority whatsoever on the subject of sacred music. My knowledge is quite lacking in this area so I will not even pretend to provide a critique of the musical portion of this book. I will focus mainly on it's construction, layout, and form.

Here goes-

A true "Pew" Missal/Hymnal- it seems to be a very well constructed book for the purpose it will fulfill. The covers are hard and matte laminated.  The color and artwork is quite beautiful and fitting for such a book. The sewn binding should provide years of reliable service. The quality of print is excellent and the size of the fonts used has been well thought out, you can tell. The layout and typesetting should appeal to a wide range of users.

The introductory pages include a Foreward by Fr. John Berg, FSSP, a preface by the editor, and a nice note that the missal was based on the Fr. Lasance Missal of 1945. What an excellent choice. The good Fr. F.X. Lasance is so well known for his religious books. (See last photo in Image Gallery for a rare look at the good Father.)

The Mass Propers, located in the first section of the book are clean and simple.

The most striking feature of this book by far is the nucleus, where the full color medieval-style illuminated pages are located. The real-life photographs are a bonus as well. Words here cannot describe them. Pictures tell the tale, which I have provided below. Provided first is the Order of High Mass and then an entirely new section for the Order of Low Mass, totally and completely repeated. This is a great feature. Less guessing and very easy to follow.

The last section of the book contains chants and hymns, for use in the Traditional Latin Mass.

The tome is concluded by a comprehensive index.

The book has only two drawbacks or 'cons' as I see it. Number one is the lack of marker ribbons. Even with it's simple layout (designed for less "page flipping") I can't help but think that one will struggle to keep his place during mass. Maybe one could put his finger in the propers or use a bookmark. (funny enough, a free bookmark was included with the book). I can see where the ribbons may have been left out intentionally, since they can be subject to abuse and damage. On know on older missals and other liturgical books the ribbons are the first thing to deteriorate. The second is the sheer bulk of the book. It could be difficult to get this book stuffed into the sometimes slim "pockets" on the backs of the pews. They may have to find a home sitting on the seat portion of the pew, at the ends. Softcovers would have helped a little but would have sacrificed the durability of the book itself. The full color pages are thick and do add bulk to the textblock but as I said above, these pages are what sets this Missal/Hymnal apart from similar books.

My overall assessment is a postive one and this new offering will be a huge improvement to the popular "red books" offered by the Coalition for Ecclesia Dei. I don't mean to knock the "red books". They are very inexpensive and have proved their worth over time. The last comment I will make is the price. It is modest. I paid $22.99 for a single copy and price does down as the bulk goes up. 50 to 99 copies are $18.99 and so on. Definitely an investment for a parish or chapel but they could be a great help for the ability of the laity to assist at Holy Mass.

There is a great website which supports this book. http://www.ccwatershed.org/Campion/

My pictures are posted below.

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YOU CAN PUT THIS ONE IN YOUR POCKET

Breviarium Romanum, Diurnale, 1962, Pocket Edition
Breviarium Romanum, Diurnale, 1962, Pocket Edition by The Roman Catholic Church

Original year of publication: 1962

I am always pleased to see yet another edition of the Roman Breviary back in print. This new offering could be called "The Diurnale-Resized". This is an exact reprint of a popular reprint that I have already reviewed here on churchlatin.com. Here is the review of the full sized edition, which measures 7" tall by 4" wide. The new pocket edition comes in at 5" tall by 3" wide. This Breviary brings a whole new meaning to the word 'portability'. It is neither heavy nor bulky and will fit quite easily into most purses, handbags, briefcases, or even a breast pocket or inside pocket of a coat. At almost 1 1/4" thick, you probably won't want to put it in your back pants pocket! Anyway, on to the details.

*This is an exact facsimile reprint (not a newly typeset edition) of the Breviarium Romanum, Diurnale. (If you don't know, a Diurnale is simply a Breviary which contains all of the "Day Hours" of the Divine Office, namely- Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers, and Compline. This volume does not contain the hour of Matins.)

*This is the "1962" edition in which the rubrics were officially promulgated in 1960 and put into force in 1961. This edition is used by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, The Society of Saint Pius X, The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, many other traditional religious orders, and scores of traditional lay Catholics throughout the world.

*Contains all Latin text, no English. Psalms are Vulgate edition, not "Pian" or "Bea" Psalter.

*Contains all of the Propers for all of the principal feasts according to time (Proprium de Tempore) and the feasts of the Saints (Proprium Sanctorum) for the entire liturgical year.

*Contains many 'extras'. I call them extras because some of them don't actually form a part of the Divine Office but they are part of the patrimony of the Church. I won't relist them here. Refer to the review of the larger reprint for details and page scans. LINK

*Although this is nowhere contained in the book, (because it was removed by the reprinter) this book was originally printed by Desclee, Society of St. John the Evangelist.

*Beware: the print is rather small. If you have poor eyesight, this may not be the book for you. Normally, pocket sized books are formatted especially for the purpose, with larger fonts to make them easier to read. This one is just a standard sized edition, shrunken down. See the image gallery below for a detailed view.

Construction and features: Covers are flexible with a black imitation leather covering. Gold embossing on cover and spine. 4 ribbon markers. Decorative headbands. Red page edges. Red and Black text throughout. Printed on thin, off-white "bible paper" (approx. 20lb or a bit heavier).

It seems to be well put together. It is not an exquisite edition by any means but this should keep the cost down. Seems to be quite durable and well made.

N.B.- The only difference between the content of this edition and the larger one is that the table of movable feasts has been updated. The larger edition ran from 1962 to 1997 and the pocket edition runs from 2008 to 2043.

The cost was modest for a book of this type. 35.51 Euros ($47.96) plus 6.80 Euros ($9.18) for shipping. I ordered it on Jan. 6, 2013. The order was processed on Jan. 8 and the book shipped on Jan 17. It arrived on Feb. 4.

At this point in time, the only place that one can order this book from is the Abbaye du Barroux in France. I would guess that it is only a matter of time before it is available from U.S. based religious booksellers but if you want a copy now, go to www.barroux.org and place your order. What are you waiting for???!!! Here is a direct link to the book- Diurnale Romanum (format poche)

Explanation of images in the photo gallery:

1-6 are various exterior views of the Breviary.

7-10 are interior views, the first image with a quarter on the title page.

10-12 are close-ups of the text, the first being the pocket Diurnale, then the full size, and then side by side.

13 is the pocket Diurnale next to it's big brother.

14 is a family photo of big brother, little brother, and older brother. (older brother is a pocket sized Horae Diurnae from 1884 A.D.)

15 is the title page from the 1884 Horae Diurnae

16 is the pocket Diurnale in a custom made slipcase, which I fabricated from cardboard and book repair tape.

 

 

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PRAY THE ROMAN BREVIARY FOR $75 (minus Matins) INSTEAD OF $300

Breviarium Romanum, Diurnale, 1962 Breviarium Romanum, Diurnale, 1962
Breviarium Romanum, Diurnale, 1962 by The Roman Catholic Church

Original year of publication: 1962

I am pleased to provide yet another review of an edition of the 1962 Roman Breviary. This edition, distinct from the other two editions of the Roman Breviary I have reviewed, is neither a complete offering of the Divine Office nor is it a newly typeset version. This tome is a "Diurnale" which simply means that it only contains the "day hours" of the Divine Office, namely- Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers, Compline.
The hour of Matins is not in this book. Since the hour of Matins comprises a great number of pages in a standard Breviary, leaving it out allows all of the other hours (and their propers for the entire liturgical year) to be offered in one, handy volume. Also note- this is a facsimile of the original edition, not a new edition.

Upon opening the delivery box I immediately noticed that the tome was sealed in a plastic wrapping. I love when publishers do this. When sealed in plastic, there can be no doubt that your book is a completely new, uncirculated copy. Upon initial inspection, it appears to be a very well made book. Offered as a cloth hardcover, this book looks to be very durable and should provide years of service. Not as elegant as leather, but it does the job. The red page edges are a nice touch. 4 marker ribbons protrude from the binding. Text is clear and sharp. The black is black and the red is red. I have seen other facsimiles that were not quite up to par on text colors. I've seen faint blacks (almost grey) and the red looked more like pink. This one is excellent. Choice of paper color and weight is excellent.

This Diurnale is an extremely versatile book. Personally, I do not like to take my regular Breviary outdoors for fear of losing or damaging it. This Diurnale is perfect since I never usually pray Matins anyway and if I lost it, I would only be out $75 instead of $150 (half the price of the Nova et Vetera Breviary set). $75 is still a lot of money but you get more than just a Breviary by obtaining this volume. Here are some of  the extras: Prayers before and after the Divine Office, The Little of the Blessed Virgin Mary, The Office of the Dead, The Gradual Psalms, The Seven Penitential Psalms, The Litany of the Saints, Prayers Before and After Mass, Excerpts from the Roman Ritual (for celebration of the Sacraments), The Itinerarium Clericorum, The Litany of the Holy Names of Jesus, The Litainy of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, The Litany of the Precious Blood of D.N.I.C.,  The Litany of Loreto, The Litany of St. Joseph, Various Blessings (from the Roman Ritual), Indices to the Psalms, Hymns, Canticles, etc..., and finally, short forms of the Sacraments.  Lastly, it comes with a small booklet containing the propers for feasts in the United States.  ALL IN THE SACRED LANGUAGE OF LATIN (sorry, 'not a spot of English in this book) It should also be noted that this Breviary contains the traditional Vulgate Psalms (in single column format), not the Pius XII Psalms like most other editions printed in that era. 

If you happen to be saving up for a full Breviary ($300) and you do not intend on praying all of the hours of the Divine Office because of your state in life, you may want to seriously consider buying this book instead. You will not be disappointed with it and you can always upgrade to a full Breviary someday if you stick with it.  And if you want to pray Matins occasionally they are available online for free (as well as the rest of the Roman Breviary). Divinum Officium

Click the "View Sample Pages " link below to get a closer look at the interior of the book.

If you are new to the Roman Breviary, consider this resource- LEARNING THE NEW BREVIARY

Printed edition available here.                                                                                                    

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Finally, the Roman Breviary in Latin and English.

The Roman Breviary in Latin and English
The Roman Breviary in Latin and English by The Roman Catholic Church

Original year of publication: 1963-4
Reprinted in the year: 2012

 After a very long wait since the announcement of it's return (over 5 years, I think) the Roman Breviary is once again available in Latin and English, in one complete edition. Essentially, it is a reprint of the edition that was published by the Liturgical Press in Collegeville, Minnesota but with some modifications. The main changes are as follows- The new edition has been completely re-typeset, the English translations has been modified, images have been added, and the Latin text of the Psalms was changed from the Pope Pius XII Psalms to the traditional Vulgate Psalms (called the Gallican Psalter). Re-typesetting was necessary for three reasons. To create a new, clean text for reprinting. To correct errors in the original text. And of course, if one is to replace whole parts of the text with different ones, this would never work for a facsimile edition. Also, it was necessary to modify the English so that it closer matched the Latin Psalms and Canticles (and other readings from Scripture) that were changed in the new edition. The addition of images was a very smart move on the publisher's part. This gives the Breviary a more authentic, Liturgical feel. The exclusion of images is a relatively novel idea which in my opinion is the wrong direction to go when publishing Liturgical books. Lastly- The replacement of the Pius XII Psalms with Gallican Psalms was a must for many reasons.

 My own conclusion. This Breviary is a monumental work for the traditional movement in the Catholic Church. It aids in the accessibility of the texts of the Roman Breviary to all. So many people, even in traditional circles, are intimidated by all-Latin Breviaries.This publication will ease the intimidation. Often times the rubrics are the biggest challenge in praying the Divine Office, not the Latin text of the prayers. The fact that these tomes have the rubrics in English is a big plus. The price is very steep for those on a tight budget. Save your pennies if this is something you desire, it will 'pay you back' every time you pick it up and read the Holy Words of the Divine Office.

If I only had one criticism, it would be this- That the rubrics are only given in English. Even though I just praised the fact that the English rubircs were a plus, it is unfortunate that the original Latin rubrics were not included in the typesetting.

For a full description with page samples, pricing and availability, go to the Baronius website- Baronius Press

This Breviary has been reviewed by both Fr. Z and the New Liturgical Movement blog. Links to those reviews are given below.

Fr Z's Review

NLM Review

I have posted some pictures below. As you can see, the Breviary set also includes a free book on how to pray the Breviary by Fr. Bernard Hausmann and some insert prayer cards and booklets with commonly said prayers of the office on them (in Latin and English)

 

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A totally NEW, completely re-typeset edition of the Roman Breviary....

Breviarium Romanum 1962 edition
Breviarium Romanum 1962 edition

This review is of a brand new, totally re-typeset edition of the 1962 Breviarium Romanum published by Nova et Vetera in Germany.  A couple of things to mention at the outset- When referring to a "1962" edition of a liturgical book, it simply refers to a year commonly accepted as the last year of minor reforms before the total overhaul of the Breviary, Missal, and Sacraments in the late 1960's and early 1970's. The new rubrics for the Breviary and Missal were promulgated in July of 1960 to be put in force in January of 1961. The other thing I want to mention is this is not a book review in the strict sense. I will be commenting both objectively and subjectively on various material aspects these tomes, not on the content.

Upon handling these tomes, one immediately senses a degree of quality in publishing that is quite rare these days. I felt as though I was handling an original set from early 60's, mysteriously preserved in new condition. But I wasn't. The smell of the leather and fresh ink. The feel of the limp leather covers and smooth ribbons. A bibliophile's dream. Nova et Vetera should be applauded for their accomplishment.

On to the details. The covers are of the highest quality leather which is grained yet still smooth. It has 5 raised bands on the spine and rounded corners. The first endsheets (just inside the covers) are made of a heavy, resin-impregnated stock. The next sheets are of a slightly heavier stock than the rest of the pages, containing some commonly said Breviary prayers. The page corners are rounded as well, with nice gold gilding. The paper is a very thin yet strong cream "bible paper".  Thin enough to keep the tomes very slim, yet thick enough that the text bleed through is tolerable. The printing is clear and sharp, in a very easy to read font. The rubrics are in red of course, but this red is quite different than any I have seen in a liturgical book. It is a very deep, dark red, almost burgundy. It is very attractive and sits well the black text on the cream paper. Both tomes lay flat in your hand or on a table, nearly anywhere you open it.

I like the order of sections as well. Proprium de Tempore first, followed by the Ordinarium, then the Psalterium, then the Proprium Sanctorum, and finally the Commune Santorum. This allows one to work from the center of the Breviary and then move to the front and rear sections for the Propers. Not all Breviaries were printed this way in the 60's. My Desclee edition with the Pius XII Psalter has the Ordinarium first, followed by the Proprium de Tempore, then the Psalter and so on. Speaking of the Psalter, this new edition does contain the Vulgate Psalter, not the Psalter of Pius XII, which is sometimes a stumbling block when purchasing a used original edition.

A few extras to mention- Also included with the tomes are two sets (one for each volume of the Breviary) of heavy laminated cards with commonly said prayers on them. Available at extra cost are two small booklets. One is of propers for feasts celebrated in the U.S.A. and the other- Hymni Antiqui, a collection of ancient hymns. The nice covers, for storage or transport, are available for a discounted price when purchasing them with a Breviary set (when ordering directly from the publisher). They are available in smooth or grained leather.

We have posted some pictures below in the image gallery. The publishers website has many more exterior and interior shots on their wonderful website. http://www.breviariumromanum.com/

The Breviary can be purchased from 2 U.S. sources

Preserving Christian Publications                                                                                 

FSSP webstore

It can also be purchased directly from the publisher at 

http://www.breviariumromanum.com/home_en.html

 

Some other resources I should mention are-

Learning the New Breviary

(an interpretation of the rubrics and guide to praying the 1962 edition)

Free download here. Buy the printed edition here.

 

 Pocket guide for recitation of the 1962 Breviarium Romanum

 

Ordo (an indispensable tool for proper recitation of the Divine Office)

FSSP edition

SSPX edition

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ANOTHER totally new, completely re-typeset edition of the Roman Breviary....

Breviarium Romanum 1962 Edition, SSPX
Breviarium Romanum 1962 Edition, SSPX

I am happy to provide a review (well at least an examination of the externals) of yet another newly typeset edition of the 1962 Breviarium Romanum. The publication of this Breviary is yet another sign of the demand for the traditional Roman Breviary in the official liturgical language of the Church, Latin. This particular edition was prepared by the SSPX or Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Sancti Pii X, meaning "Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X". Since the SSPX uses only the liturgical books of 1962, it is quite fitting that this edition has been prepared for the priests and religious of the Society. Fortunately, this edition is available to the general public. This meets the need considering the boom in the number of lay people who now say the Traditional Roman Office in the sacred, unitive Latin language. There does not appear to be a website supporting these tomes, like the Nova et Vetera edition so I thought it might be worth my time to provide some pictures and details this edition of the Roman Breviary.  Now, on to the books.

I am very impressed with the quality of these tomes.  The covers are flexible but not too limp. They are made of smooth grained black leather. The binding appears to be strong and tight as well. 4 ribbon markers protrude from the spine. The gold gilded page edges are beautiful and finely crafted. The paper is very thin yet durable. The "bleed through" is noticeable but not excessive. Each tome lays flat either in your hand or on a surface. The text is well laid out and very readable. I must say that I really like the font used in this edition. It is large, clear, and attractive. Included with this set are 4 individual prayer cards containing the Te Deum, Psalm 94, the Benedictus, the Magnificat, and the final Antiphons of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Also included is a booklet containing the the propers for feasts observed in the United States. I should also note that this edition does use the Vulgate Psalms, not the Psalter of Pope Pius XII (like most breviaries printed in the 50's and 60's.)

Overall, I believe these tome to be well made, durable, and attractive. They should provide a life time of service in prayer. At $300, one must make sure his money is well spent. They are a worthy investment, considering these books will be used daily.

Where to buy:  Preserving Christian Publications

                          Angelus Press

                          (Angelus Press also sells the tomes individually)

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Constance Wozny HAND BOOKBINDER

Review of bookbinding services by Constance Wozny Review of bookbinding services by Constance Wozny Review of bookbinding services by Constance Wozny
Review of bookbinding services by Constance Wozny

I would like to share with you the excellent experience I had with the services of Constance Wozny, Hand Bookbinder.  I obtained a 2 volume Breviary which had no marker ribbons. Apparently one of it's previous owners had cut the ribbons completely off. All that remained were little frayed nubs sticking out of the tops of the books. In order to make this Breviary more friendly to use, I decided to have new ribbons installed. After seeing an advertisement for her services in a Catholic newspaper and also after viewing her website, I decided to contact her. She gave me a price for installing the new ribbons and it was very reasonable (only $10 per volume) so I decided to send them off. In only about 2 weeks I had the Breviary back in my hands with very nice new ribbons hanging from each small tome. I am very happy with the both the color and texture of the ribbons and with the workmanship.

Here services are definitely "old fashioned". I say this not to imply that they are "out of date" in some way. Example: She called me after she had received the books to clarify choice of ribbon material. Also, she sent a handwritten invoice with the books. How often do you see that anymore?

A car salesman once told me "A good car will sell itself". So true. The services of of Constance Wozny, Hand bookbinder have sold themselves. Just look at the beautiful work she is capable of. http://www.booksbycw.com/prayerbooks.htm

Speed, quality, and value. What more could you ask for?

BOOKS BY CW

 
Rosaries of Regina Angelorum Rosaries of Regina Angelorum
Rosaries of Regina Angelorum

I ordered the Miraculous Medal/St. Maximilian Kolbe Rosary just under a week ago. As a member of the M.I. (Militia Immaculata), which was founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe, I was very pleased to find that Regina Angelorum had designed and produced such a rosary. I must say that I had never handled or even heard of a "wire wrapped" rosary. I am very impressed with the durability that this method produces. The simple "bent eye-pin" construction of most rosaries is easily compromised. Just a slight tug will send beads flying. The wire wrapping method traps each bead or group of beads between two revolutions of wire wrapping on each end. There are no split rings to separate either. The wire wrapped links attach to each other and directly to the center piece and crucifix. The choice of colors and bead sizes was well thought out, too. This rosary should provide years of service in prayer. The rosaries of Regina Angelorum are durable, beautiful, and affordable. Also, there is something to be said about sacramentals that are made by small apostolates such as these. Much love goes into the production of each item. This cannot be said for mass produced sacramentals and religious items.
Buy one (or more!) for yourself, for a friend, family member, or anybody.
 
 

 
Blessed Be God
Blessed Be God by Callan and McHugh  748 pages

Original year of publication: 1960
Reprinted in the year: 2010

Yet another fine reprint (2nd!) from PCP. The Blessed Be God prayer book has proven it's popularity not only by the success of the first reprinting, but simply by the depth and breadth that this prayer book covers. This book is one of the most comprehensive Catholic prayer books I have ever seen. Well, I must confess that shortly after I purchased  a copy of the first printing, I have seen very little of it. My wife quickly snatched it from me. She uses it daily. It contains an abundance of daily prayers, devotions, novenas, litanies, etc... It also contains the Order of Mass. Another plus is that the book is filled with wonderful line art images. The text is clear and sharp. PCP has done a wonderful job with this facsimile reprint. One observance I made was the fact that PCP did not simply reprint the first printing with a different cover. The first reprinting appeared to be from 1925 or later. This second reprinting is a newer edition, from 1960. It also now has a table of movable feasts good until 2041 A.D.

Physical features: 

Size- 4" by 6 1/2" (more compact than the first reprinting)

Construction- Black bonded leather cover, sewn binding, rounded cover and page corners, heavy end sheets. Thin, white paper.

Additional features- Gold page edges, black ribbon marker, two-color headbands. 

 

Available from Preserving Christian Publications, you can also view a few enlarged page images on their site.

BLESSED BE GOD

 

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Medieval Latin
Medieval Latin by K.P. Harrington  698 pages

Original year of publication: 1925

 A very useful offering from Armfield Academic Press, Medieval Latin will be the delight of the Latin student, whether a beginner or more advanced. Inside is a very well-rounded selection of Latin readings from (to quote from the Preface) “... history, anecdote, argument, the epistle, the drama, the essay, the dialogue, the novel, and epic, lyric, pastoral, didactic, and satiric verse.” These selected readings will be very helpful to Latin students of either the classical or ecclesiastical orientation. As my interest is mainly in the ecclesiastical, such readings are of great interest to me- those of St. Bonaventura, Bernard of Clairvaux, Gregory the Great, Isidore, and too many more to list here. Each set of readings is precluded by an informative introduction of the author, references to some of their other works and writings, and a bibliographic reference to where one would find the complete work from which the selected reading was taken. Two other nice features of the book are the numerous pictures and illustrations, and the footnotes, which translate more difficult and less common words and phrases. (from the Preface) “As a rule the [foot]notes translate all words not found in Lewis's Elementary Latin Dictionary except such as are obvious after a little thought or intelligent conjecture.” Offered in an attractive yet simple and affordable soft cover, this book will not hurt your eyes or your pocket-book. The print quality is very good. All too often, facsimile editions are hurriedly thrown together and mass-marketed for immediate and maximal profits. Such is not he case with this book. The text is dark, clear, and sharp. The pure-white background contrasts with the text nicely and only in a few places do any background spotting or “noise” remain (which do not affect the text). In conclusion, I highly recommend this book. Value, quality, and usability. What more can you ask for? Purchase

 

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How to make a simple slipcase for your Missal, Breviary, or Prayerbook
How to make a simple slipcase for your Missal, Breviary, or Prayerbook

Protecting your fine book is important, especially if it travels with you. I can't count the number of times I have clumsily dropped my missal or breviary because of either being in a hurry or having too much in my hands at once or both! There is nothing worse for a book's binding than dropping it on it on the end or edge of it's spine. The simple answer is buying a slipcase made for the book or having a custom one made. This method can be expensive and does not give the self-satisfaction that you made something yourself. Please refer to the step by step pictures below. Note that the book repair tape that I use comes from a company called Brodart. Here is a link to the product :  LINK (N.B.- always buy the tape which has a "release backing" as it is so much easier to work with.) The tape is expensive at about $30 a roll but it will make many slipcases. I'm sure other types of tape will work but this one is the toughest, stickiest, and best suited for the job (it is waterproof, too!!) You can use my exact method or tweak it if you are a crafty person or have a creative mind. Make and enjoy. (note- Even though I have acquired a better camera, I'm still having problems with image quality/consistency. The pics aren't perfect, but they server the purpose for now....)

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