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The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Newly printed edition of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Fully updated to comply with the editio typica of the Breviary (1961) permitted by the Holy Father’s Motu Proprio ‘Summorum Pontificum’.
It is timely that this edition has been made available within a few weeks of Pope Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio ‘Summorum Pontificum’, which permits a wider use of the traditional Roman Breviary.
Fr. Berg, Superior of the FSSP (from his preface)
It is known, in fact, that the Latin liturgy of the Church in its various forms, in each century of the Christian era, has been a spur to the spiritual life of many saints, has reinforced many peoples in the virtue of religion and fecundated their piety.
Pope Benedict XVI, Motu Proprio ‘Summorum Pontificum’
The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a shorter form of the Divine Office in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It has long been the Church’s daily liturgical prayer to Our Lady, and these hours of praise have been used by Priests, religious and the laity throughout the centuries. Lay people used to flock to the great Cathedrals to publicly recite The Little Office during the Middle Ages, and during the great persecution, when the practice of the Catholic Faith was illegal, the Little Office was highly recommended by the Church.
Through its psalms, antiphons, readings, responsorial, and prayers the Little Office stresses the role Our Lady played in salvation history, and how through her fiat the divine Word took flesh in her womb and achieved salvation for us all; and how Our Lord granted her the first fruits of the general resurrection in her holy and glorious assumption.
All Catholics are called to a consistent prayer life. For those who do not feel called to recite the Divine Office, but still wish to participate in the liturgical prayer of the Church, or for those who have a particular devotion to the holy Mother of God, there is no finer form of prayer than the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Based on an edition published just after the Reform Act in 1850 (allowing English Catholics to openly practice the Faith). English translation uses traditional language with scripture taken from Bishop Challoner’s version of the Douay-Rheims Bible. Fully updated to comply with the editio typica of the Breviary (1961) permitted by the Holy Father’s Motu Proprio ‘Summorum Pontificum’. The first ever edition to include the optional complete Gregorian chants for the Little Office. Meditations before each hour from the medieval Mirror of Our Lady. Preface by the Very Reverend Fr. Berg, superior of the FSSP. Latin-English, red and black text. (217 pp.) Psalms from the Vulgate. Flexible leather cover with stitched edge, gold gilding, 2 ribbons.