Your responses to the following questions will add another dimension to
this study. While the form is designed for an anonymous reply, you're welcome,
of course, to let me know who you are. Thank you, again.
About You….are you a
(lay)Third Order member
member of a religious
priest (religious community)
Other (please explain}
Your Age group?
under 30 31-45
Where are you?
City, State, Country
Have you prayed from any of the following " short
Office of the BVM (Latin or English)
Breviary (1st, 2nd or 3rd ed, Collegeville)
The Little Breviary
Divine Office (Officium Divinum Parvum, Fleischmann)
Book of Hours (En Calcat)
Office of Our Lady (En
Divine Praise (St. Meinrad)
Morning Praise and
Diurnal (Latin & English, 5 eds)
-The Day Hours of the Roman Breviary (Desclée)
none of the above
(hold down "Control" button and mouse-click all the
office texts you have used.)
Vespers & Compline in English (Collegeville)
and Evening Prayers of the Divine Office (Benziger)
Day Hours of
the Roman Breviary (ed. Sheppard)
Short Dominican Breviary
St. Columba Breviary (Glenstal Abbey/Legion of Mary)
none of the above
of Prayer for Personal Use (4th ed A Short Breviary, Collegeville)
(ICEL, US, several pubs)
Christan Prayer (ICEL, US, Cath. Book Publ. Co.)
Prayer from the Divine Office (UK, Collins)
Morning and Evening Prayer (UK, Collins)
Morning and Evening Prayer (US, Liturgical Press)
Without Ceasing (Zimmerman et al, Collegeville)
Oblate Companion (St. Meinrad)
Work of God (Sutera,
Lord, Hear our
Prayer (McNally, Storey)
Every Day We
Praise You (Hoagland & Skelly)
Companion to the Breviary (Indianapolis Carmelites)
for Morning and Evening Prayer (ICEL, LTP Chicago)
Office of the BVM (ed. Rotelle, Cath. Book Publ. Co.)
Lauds & Vespers (
Scepter - 2001)
Other (please list below)
Some additional Questions
Have you ever prayed the office in Latin?
If yes, was the Latin (understanding, pronunciation, rubrics, etc.) a
problem for you?
How long have you prayed the office (from any of the breviaries listed
above, or another office text)?
How much of the office do you pray (e.g., just Morning and Evenng
Prayer, or Night Prayer, or perhaps the entire office)?
Do you pray the office in a group (community, parish group, among
friends, other) or alone?
Do any of the these office books have any special meaning(s) for you
(good, bad or otherwise)?
Were/are the physical characteristics of an office book important to
you? (Here, it is a question of a book's size, its weight, how it was bound,
paper quality, printing quality, graphics, etc.?
At the present time (2001) and during the last several
years, there have been problems about the translation of liturgical texts into
English. Do you prefer a particular translation (e.g., ICEL, Grail
(current official psalm translation), RSV, NRSV, other inclusive, or other
(for example, a private translation)?
How important is this to you?
your parish offer support (instruction, catechesis,
encouragement, common prayer space, pastoral participation) for those
who want to pray the Liturgy of the Hours?
Perkins Ryan was well known and respected as a Latin
translator, teacher, scholar, writer and was an inspiration to many in
the church. For years, she prayed the office in Latin. Once, on
a train, while praying the office, she spotted a priest coming down
the aisle. Immediately, she sat on her breviary, for fear, among
other things, of being considered "pious". In those
days in the U.S., many clergy were suspicious of any lay person with a
breviary. Is this still a reason why many lay persons use
the breviary (the Liturgy of the Hours) privately
July 6, 2001
former Seminarians or men or women who have spent time in religious
people who once attended seminaries or entered religious life for a
period of time (sometimes, many years), continued to (and still
do) pray the office after they left. One person, who felt
"abandoned" and "set adrift" by his community,
felt that the office was the life raft which kept him tied to the
church he loved. Is the breviary an emotional as well as a
spiritual bond to the church for you, especially if your leaving the
seminary or religious life was not of your own choosing?
If you have some additional thoughts to offer - about this web site, or
about the Liturgy of the Hours (the office), I will appreciate your comments.
There is no obligation to identify yourself, but you're welcome to do so