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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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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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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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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 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 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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