Monday, October 06, 2008

New Edition of the Breviarium Romanum (EF), with Imprimatur

I am very happy to announce that an excellent new edition of the Breviarium Romanum, the Divine Office of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite as permitted to all clerics bound to the Office per Art. 9 para. 3 of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum, is going to be published by the German Catholic publisher, Nova et Vetera, in cooperation with the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. Significantly, this new edition has received the Imprimatur (ecclesiastical approval) of a German bishop.

A special website with all information and an order form will soon go online. In the mean time, here is some "preview" information:

The Breviary will fully comply with the rubrics of the usus antiquior, i.e. the codex rubricarum of 1960.

The text of the psalms will be that of the Vulgate (Gallican psalter).

It will come in two volumes in flexible leather covers. It will be a newly typeset edition (not a reprint), arranged in the traditional, two-column Breviary layout, and will have several other traditional features of the art of liturgical book-binding.

It will also include four insert cards for each volume with the most frequent texts.

The price for the complete set will be EUR 198, i.e. as per today USD 272.69, plus shipping.

Now this Breviary edition is expected to be ready for shipping by the end of November/early December. Once the order form is online, orders will be carried out in the order of their placement. Early orders should therefore arrive in time for Christmas even in the US by airmail. As soon as the website is up, I will let you know.

In the interest of full disclosure I will say that I have been involved in this project, although in a very minor role, by proofreading; my interest, however, is entirely liturgical, I will not receive any remuneration form the proceeds whatsoever.

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