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 also sells the tomes individually)