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Benedictine Daily Prayer: A Short Breviary

By Maxwell E. Johnson (Editor)
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Pages   2266
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.54" Width: 4.84" Height: 1.71"
Weight:   1.46 lbs.
Binding  Leather
Release Date   Jun 1, 2005
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814628338  
EAN  9780814628331  

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"A Benedictine liturgy of the hours for Christian daily prayer"--Provided by publisher.

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For those who want to grow spiritually, "Benedictine Daily Prayer" provides an everyday edition of the Divine Office. People who desire to pray with the church can do so in a simple manner by following this Benedictine daily prayer model. Based on solid and traditional prayer patterns of more than fifteen hundred years of liturgical prayer within the Benedictine monastic tradition, "Benedictine Daily Prayer "helps readers celebrate and appreciate God's presence that is found everywhere, especially within the Divine Office. It offers a richer diet of classic office hymnody, psalmody, and Scripture than shorter resources are able to provide.

"Benedictine Daily Prayer" is designed for Benedictine Oblates, Benedictine monastics, and men and women everywhere. It's small enough to fit in a briefcase for travel. Scripture readings are from the NRSV.

Click here for an easy reference guide on how to use "Benedictine Daily Prayer."

"Benedictine Daily Prayer " includes "Introduction," "An Aid to Praying "Benedictine Daily Prayer,"" "Monastic Calendar," "Sunday and Weekday Readings," "The Ordinary of the Liturgy of the Hours," "The Weekly Psalter," "Supplemental Psalms and Canticles for Vigils and Lauds," "Festival Psalter," "Common for Feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary," "Common for Feasts of Apostles," "Common for Feasts of Martyrs," "Common for Feasts of Holy Men and Women," "Office for the Dead," "Proper of the Season (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Triduum, Easter, Pentecost)," "Proper of the Saints," and "Appendix: "A Selection of Benedictine Prayers.""

"Maxwell E. Johnson, PhD, is an oblate of Saint John's Abbey, Collegeville, Minnesota, and an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He is professor of liturgy at the University of Notre Dame. His articles have appeared frequently in "Worship." He is the author of "Living Water, Sealing Spirit, The Rites of Christian Initiation," and "Between Memory and Hope," published by Liturgical Press.""

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Maxwell E. Johnson, an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is professor of Liturgical Studies at the University of Notre Dame. A frequent contributor to scholarly journals, he is also author of Images of Baptism (2001), and co-author of The Apostolic Tradition: A Commentary (2002).

Maxwell E. Johnson currently resides in the state of Indiana. Maxwell E. Johnson was born in 1952.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
It is what you want it to be  May 14, 2008
Good: It's for Benedictine Monastaries. Even those under RCC oversight now have no "official" LTOH. Through consultation with the Confederation, abbies more or less adapt a LTOH to their special needs, locations and ministries. For monks in an abbey, this can be seen as a great and good thing (if the abbot is strong and maintains true Christian teachings) and this volume supports a modicum of flexibility.

Good: It's simpler to use. That means oblates and pious individuals can eventually use it without having to be in choir for "follow the leader".

Good: The Propers of the Saints (calendar) is really full. I'm always in favor of holding up real examples of real people who loved the Lord.

Bad: The gender-neutral Psalms are a distraction. Seriously, OK? The contortions necessary to avoid writing "Him, His, He, Father, Son" and so on are painfully obvious and it really does cause a moment's distraction during the reading. Instead of having our mind on God, it's yanked back to a thought of political correctness. What WERE they thinking?

Bad: You want rubrics? Want to know when to stand or sit? Want to know how to spot an abbreviation that isn't obvious? Want to know how to resolve Occurrences and Concurrences and how to do a Commemoration? Well, I suspect everyone who bought this book wants the same, too. You see, it's all missing. If you have another breviary, or the popular Monastic Diurnal, or are lucky enough to be near a place where you can actually join in choir, then you can really make use of this volume. Otherwise, you just sort of make it up. Do what seems right, yeah? Read a little here, a little there. Sure, you can get the day of the week right. You can get the hour right. But is it a ferial or festal? Is there a Proper of the saint if tomorrow's Sunday and it's the beginning of an octave? Do you Commemorate instead? Etc. It just ain't in here, folks, and this is one seriously, glowing ommission. The introduction says to scan the common Weekly Pslater and somehow you'll just catch on. Right. I have some ocean-front propery in Dustbowl, OK, to sell to the editor who wrote that one!

All-in-all I think it's a great attempt to simplify, but sadly the gender-neutral Psalms and complete lack of rubrics were serious mistakes. Beginners will have to choose: make up your own rubrics, or, seek help from an abbey or one of the other LTOH books, such as the Anglican Breviary or Monastic Diurnal.
Excellent breviary for Oblates  Oct 23, 2007
Bottom line: This breviary is worth it!

Many of the reviews posted about "Benedictine Daily Prayer" have outlined many of its strong and weak points. This reviewer would rather take things from a personal standpoint.

Those who are familiar with the official Liturgy of the Hours will find some slight differences, such as structure and translation. Those familiar with the Benedictine world will not be surprised by such a variance: every monastery is just a bit different from another; this breviary is in that line of thinking.

The 1-week psalter scheme, including the Supplementary Psalter for Vigils and Lauds, follows the Rule of St. Benedict rather closely. This yields insight into the genius of Benedict himself. The 1-week cycle (even when using the Supplementary Psalter) gives a rhythm to the week, outlined in Sr. Joan Chittister's commentary on the Rule of St. Benedict. Once one gets into that rhythm, the Psalms suddenly become a companion during the week: something to look forward to for solace, or sometimes to dread for their stark challenge to our limited, yet-to-be-converted views of our daily life. Monotony gives way to depth, where God is truly found; this is the foundation of the Benedictine Way.

The readings for Vigils can be used in the context of Vigils, or, as the editor points out, can be used instead of the Short Readings at Lauds and Vespers, in the tradition of "lectio continua", or a continuous reading of biblical books. The non-biblical readings for Vigils are excellent. They give one abundant material for reflection, both from ancient and modern authors, very much in line with the intent of St. Benedict in his Rule.

Although the translations of the Canticle of Zechariah and the Canticle of Mary (and Canticle of Simeon) are from ICEL, with a certain bullet-like brevity to the text, it somehow just seems to fit the rest of the breviary. One could easily substitute them with the ICET translations from the official Liturgy of the Hours.

This breviary is excellent. It is very user-friendly. Oblates will find it helpful incorporating it in their daily lives without much burden. Although the variety in the Psalm schema is limited, one is invited to a greater depth of the psalms themselves. After all, what good is using the entire psalter for a non-monastic for the sake of variety, when one could use a limited psalter that plunges one into the depths of God?
Best Portable All In One Breviary  Jul 4, 2007
This breviary is not perfect and I can understand some of the objections of previous reviewers (Gospel Canticle translations,inclusive language, etc, etc.) however for lay people (like me) it is the best portable breviary to take to work and use during the day. I have an older breviary from the 60's at home that more than makes up for any shortcomings Benedictine Daily Prayer: A Short Breviary may have.
Excellent Benedictine Monastic "short" Breviary  Mar 20, 2007
General comments: font is smaller than some might like or need. However, the book is imminently portable and a blessing to be all in one. Paper is of high quality, print is two colored, easy to read and the book is light weight. The leather is perfect, it lays flat in the hands.

Weekly Psalter: Benedict set up the Monastic Breviary to say all 150 psalms in one week. The night office has 70, 10 a day. Because Vigils are abbreviated and have only three psalms, the "supplemental week" provides the reader an ability to recite more psalms. For an Oblate this is a perfect there are not that many lay persons who have time for the entire Vigils office.

Canticles: Canticle of Zachariah · Canticle of Mary translation, sigh... I didn't care for them. For me I used the Liturgy of the Hours translation for 10 years, I copyied the Common Texts 1 card and cut it down to size and added it to this book. If you haven't used anything else, this probably won't bother you.

Proper of Saints: The Optional Memorials are reduced to a prayer, the readings for those Optional Memorials are not in this Breviary. However, a huge plus, there are Benedictine saints (i.e. St Walburga) and days (i.e. All Benedictine Souls) that you can only find in a Monastic Breviary/Diurnal. For an Oblate it is good because it focuses on the Benedictines. Much like the Carmelites or Franciscans who have their own Propers that they can use to augment their Lauds/Vespers.

Readings: Excellent! The NRSV is superior to the NAB. However, the readings do not correspond to the Liturgy of the Hours, or the lectionary. The bonus is the Sunday Gospel readings are the new three year cycle (A, B, C). This is wonderful. The reader is able to link the Vigil reading to the Sunday reading and a following patristic reading. The patristic reading doesn't follow the Liturgy of the Hours book, however it is a higher quality translation. Other than the Sunday readings there are two Scriptural readings, in the Hours book there is a Scriptural reading and a patristic reading. For an Oblate who might not be Catholic I see this as a bonus because it comes off as less "Catholic". For an Oblate, this fits so well with the Rule, and Lectio Divina. I love the Scriptural focus, it provides an opportunity to read more Scripture in daily prayers.

Overall: Well worth the price. Excellent Breviary.
The Right Fit  Jan 13, 2007
The past seven years I have been searching for something to use for daily prayer that would join me with the community of believers who are praying the Liturgy of the Hours. Along the way I have found prayer books that work somewhat, but in Benedictine Daily Prayer I have found a home!

I learned to pray the Divine Office aka Liturgy of the Hours as a Benedictine, and although I left community life nearly thirty years ago, I have not abandoned my monastic roots and the pursuit of God. Benedictine Daily Prayer brings together the Day Hours and the Office of Readings into one volume that is easy to use and aesthetically pleasing as well. It mixes contemporary with the historically familiar to form a text that has dignity and has enriched my prayer.

One needs to adjust to the positioning of the ordinary and festal texts, but, quite frankly, I found that easy to do once I took the time to read the directions, no longer written in rubric red!

I have also enjoyed the simplicity of the The Glenstal Book of Prayer and use that as a traveling companion , when I am away from home. Here Benedictine Daily Prayer is my breviary of choice.


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