CONTENTS
PART I.

GENERAL QUESTIONS

I. Idea of the Breviary

II. Short History of Divine praise in general, of the Breviary in particular

III. The excellence of the Roman Breviary in itself and in comparison with others. Respect due to the sacred volume

IV. 1. The contents of the Breviary

2. The ecclesiastical year and its parts; the calendar

3. General Rubrics of the Breviary

Title I. The double office

" II. The office of a semi-double

" III. The office of a simple

" IV. The office of Sunday

" V. The ferial office

" VI. The office of vigils

" VII. Octaves

" VIII. Office of the Blessed Virgin for Saturdays

" IX. Commemorations

" X. The Translation of Feasts

" XI. Concurrence of office

" XII. The arrangement of the office

" XIII. Matins

" XIV. Lauds
" XV. Prime

" XVI. Terce, Sext, None

" XVII. Vespers

" XVIII. Compline

" XIX. The Invitatory

" XX. Hymns

" XXI. Antiphons

" XXII. Psalms

" XXIII. Canticles

" XXIV. Versicle and responds

" XXV. Absolutions and Benedictions

" XXVI. The Lessons

" XXVII. The responses after the lessons

" XXVIII. The short responses after the hours

" XXIX. Capitulum

" XXX. Oratio, collects

" XXXI. The Hymn Te Deum

" XXXII. Pater Noster and Ave

" XXXIII. The Apostles' Creed and the Athanasian Creed

" XXXIV. The Preces

" XXXV. The suffrages of the saints

" XXXVI. The antiphons of the Blessed Virgin

" XXXVII. The little office of the Blessed Virgin

PART II.

RULES FROM MORAL AND ASCETIC THEOLOGY FOR THE RECITATION OF THE BREVIARY.

Who are bound to say the office?

Must every holder of a benefice read the office?

What sin is committed by the omission of a notable part?

What sins are committed by the omission of the whole office?

What must a person do who has a doubt about omissions?

Does a person, who recites by mistake, an office other than that prescribed fulfill his obligation?

What causes justify an inversion of the hours?

Is it a sin to say Matins of following day before finishing Compline of the current day?

What is the time fixed for recitation of the Office?

When may a priest begin the recitation of Matins and Lauds for the following day?

What is true time as regards recitation of the office?

Are priests bound to recite Matins and Lauds before Mass?

At what time should the little hours be said?

Where should the office be recited?

What kind of verbal pronunciation should be attended to?

May the recitation be interrupted?

May Matins be separated from Lauds without cause?

Is intention required in reading the hours?

Is attention required? external? internal? superficial attention, literal attention?

Opinions of theologians on necessary attention.

Distractions, voluntary and involuntary.

Does a person reciting the hours sin, if he have distractions?

Causes excusing from reading the hours.

Scruples and the direction of the scrupulous.

ART. I. RULES FOR PIOUS RECITATION OF HOURS.

1. The words read.

2. To whom we speak.

3. We pray in the name of the church.

4. Our associates on earth.

5. The purpose of our prayer.

6. It gives glory to God and draws down his blessings.

7. It brings help to those who recite it fervently.

ART. II. THE MEANS TO ADOPT OF PIOUS RECITATION.

A. Before Recitation.

1. Purify conscience.

2. Mortification of passions.

3. Guarding the senses.

4. Knowledge of the work that is to be done.

B. THE IMMEDIATE PREPARATION FOR THE RECITATION.

1. Reading the Ordo Recitandi officium.

2. To recollect ourselves.

3. To invoke God's aid.

4. To unite ourselves with Christ.

5. (a) Christ our model in prayer.

(b) Our prayers to be offered through him.

(c) Church wishes this and practices it ever.

(d) Lives of saints show how they united with Christ in prayer.

(e) Remembrance of the sublime work we engage in.

(f) To propose general, special and particular intentions.

ART. III. AIDS DURING THE RECITATION OF THE HOURS.

(a) Suitable place.

(b) Respectful and devout attitude.

(c) Slow, deliberate pronunciation.

(d) Distractions.

(e) To apply the mind to what is read.

(f) To read without critical judgments.

(g) To think of Christ's Passion.

(h) To think of the presence of God and of our Angel Guardian.

ART. IV. AFTER SAYING THE OFFICE.

1. Thanks to God.

2. Ask his pardon for faults.

3. Say the Sacro-sanctae.

4. The Sacro-sanctae.

PART III

THE CANONICAL HOURS.

CHAPTER I.—MATINS (TITLE XIII).

Parts Pater Noster and Ave (Title XXXII)

Credo (Title XXXIII)

Domine labia mea—Deus in

Invitatory (Title XIX)

Hymns (Title XX)

Antiphons (Title XXI)

Psalms (Title XXII)

Canticles

Replies of Biblical Commission on Psalms

Versicles and responds (Title XXIV)

Absolutions and blessings (Title XXV)

Lessons (Title XXIV)

Responses (Title XXIV)

Rubrics and Symbolism

Te Deum (Title XXXI)

Texts and Intentions

CHAPTER II.—LAUDS AND PRIME TITLES (XIV AND XV).

Lauds.

Etymology, Definition, Symbolism, Origin, Antiquity.

Reasons for Hour, Structure, Rubrics

Antiphons, Capitulum (Title XXX)

Benedictus

Oratio, Collect (Title XXX)

Rubrics and explanation of Rubrics

Texts and Intentions

Prime.

Etymology, Origin, Contents, Structure

Athanasian Creed (Title XXXIII)

Reasons for the Morning Hour and Rubrics

Preces (Title XXXIV), Confiteor

Structure and Short Lesson

Texts and Intentions

CHAPTER III.—TERCE, SEXT, NONE (TITLE XVI).

Terce.

Etymology, Structure, Antiquity.

Reasons for Hour

Texts and intentions

Sext.

Etymology, structure, antiquity

Reasons for Hour

Texts and intentions

None.

Etymology, structure, antiquity

Reasons for Hour

Texts and intentions

CHAPTER IV.—VESPERS AND COMPLINE PAGE (TITLE XVII-XVIII).

Vespers.

Etymology, structure, antiquity.

Reasons for Hour

Texts and intentions

Compline.

Etymology, structure, antiquity

Reasons for Hour

Suffrages of the Saints (Title VII)

Anthems of Blessed Virgin

Texts and intentions

The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin (Title XXVII)

PART IV.
HEORTOLOGY.

CHAPTER I.—A. PROPER OF THE TIME.

Advent
Christmas

St. Stephen; St. John; Circumcision; Epiphany; Septuagesima; Lent; Easter and Paschal Times; Ascension; Whit Sunday; Trinity Sunday

B. PROPER OF THE SAINTS.

December; January; February; March; May; June; July; August; October; November

ROGATION DAYS AND LITANIES

NOTE A. Breviary Hymns.

NOTE B. Particular Examen.

NOTE C. Bibliography.

 

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