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 Breviary Structures and Texts



 
 
 

The current (post Vatican II) short breviary texts which are approved are, for the most part, extracts, from the parent office(s).

In the period before the Council, many of the short breviaries, although they were modeled on one or a combination of the parent breviaries, were often unique and creative compilations.  This was true both in terms of structure, and in terms of textual content.

This section demonstrates some of those variations.  Even among the parent breviaries, because of different families' usages (e.g., Carmelite, Dominican, etc.), there were some variations, many of them centuries old, but all under the umbrella of the Roman Rite family.


 
 

SECTION I
STRUCTURAL DIFFERENCES
(more to come)

a)  The structure of Sunday and Weekday Lauds in Lent (1911-1971)

a-1)  SMALLER structure of Sunday and Weekday Lauds in Lent (1911-1971)
(print "landscape" with .20 margins on all sides)

b)  The structure of Sunday and Weekday Vespers in Lent (1911-1971)

b-1)  SMALLER structure of Sunday and Weekday Vespers in Lent (1911-1971)
(print "landscape" with .20 margins on all sides)

c)  The structure of Sunday Vespers - Antiphons & Psalms (1911-1971)

 

d)  The length of the pre-1911 office compared with the Pius X reform of 1911

(calculated by the number of psalm verses in each day's office).
 
 

SECTION II
TEXTUAL DIFFERENCES
(more to come)

                                        a)  Benedictus & Magnificat Antiphons for
                                                the 4 Sundays of Lent (1911-1971)

a-1) SMALLER  Benedictus & Magnificat Antiphons for the 4 Sundays of Lent (1911-1971)
(print "landscape" with .20 margins on all sides)

b)  Sunday & Weekday Lauds in Lent (1911-1971)

c)  Sunday and Weekday Vespers in Lent (1911-1971)

d)  Quino˝ez, Pius V, Paris, Pius X - reforms



 
 

        [Antiphons are used  in a variety of ways in an office.   Those which introduce psalmody generally are short texts from the psalm. 

        The antiphons which introduce the Gospel Canticles,  the highpoints of Lauds and Vespers (the Benedictus and Magnificat), are often taken from the Gospel of the Day's Mass, especially on Sunday and Feasts.  Sundays have 2 Magnificat Antiphons, one each for 1st Vespers (Saturday evening), and 2nd Vespers (Sunday evening).]

Added July 17, 1999
Updated August 14, 1999

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