Saturday, September 03, 2005

More Thoughts on Liturgical Latin

David Meadows over at Rogueclassicism mentions that Vatican Radio offers daily Latin prayers in audio format. I mentioned in a post the other day that I also like to pray the Daily Office in Latin, and I thought that those who might like to do likewise would be interested in this link to, the stateside supplier of books from the Libreria Editrice Vaticana. You can order your very own copy of the Liturgia Horarum (in Latin). There are two versions: an economy model that is bound in a not-so-very-ugly vinyl cover, and a very nice leather bound version. I used the vinyl covered version for nearly 15 years and then decided that it was worth shelling out for the leather. Neither version is exactly cheap--the leather bound versions are about US$170 each, and the vinyl ones are roughly half that. But the books are sturdy, fun to use, and absolutely worth the price in terms of the spiritual payoff that comes from committing oneself to the Office on a daily basis.

For those who either don't know or don't like Latin, I can also recommend this resource. It is a translation into beautiful Anglican English of the Roman Breviary of 1911. It comes in a single volume and is only $65 even though it's bound in leather. Well worth it, even though it is not the form of the Office in use now. Even if you are bound to the Office, don't forget that you are permitted to use older breviaries if you get permission; the rest of us, presumably, may use whatever we like, but I'm a fan of the new Breviary.

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