Traditional Prayer/Devotional Book(s)

With as much attention this forum gives the Mass, I wanted to ask, "What traditional prayerbooks do you all out there in Traditional Catholic circles use?

I mainly use missals, of which I have 3. The Baronius '62 one, and two smaller ones of 1959 and 1929.

I’m thinking of getting the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but I’m having difficulty. St. Bonaventure Press do it for £15, but for some reason the postage is £50! Probably gone wrong there somewhere, but does anyone know a site which does it?

I found one, but it’s a 1599 translation, and I don’t like it very much. Bit too traditional, even for me! :smiley:

I use the old 1961 St. Anne’s Prayer Book. It is a prayerbook of devotions in honor of St. Anne, the Mother of the Blessed Virgin. I have the new 2002 Edition but the prayers in the old one are better because it uses thee’s and thou’s and it reflects pure Catholic thought.
I also like to use the old Archconfraternity manual of Our Lady of Consolation. It even has a prayer praying for conversions and the prayer reflects the doctrine of "Outside the Church there is no salvation"
Basically, I like using older prayer books, however I use other newer prayer books like Fr. Hardon’s prayer book and the Pieta prayer book and some various others.

The 1954 Benedictine,* A Short Breviary for Religious and the Laity*, ed. by William G. Heidt, O.S.B, Liturgical Press from St. John’s Abbey.

A near perfect take on the Divine Office for those living in the secular world. The Little Hours can be prayed in 2-3 mins. This 1954 edition however also includes two supplemental appendixes that provide for a full psalter if you want to be more intense and different daily Scripture readings of the liturgical year for Matins.

I’d be using it exclusively if I hadn’t promised as a secular Carmelite to recite Lauds and Vespers…er…make that……*Morning and Evening Prayer *with the 1976 revision.

Best, :tiphat:

I wouldn’t call myself traditional really, but I’ve just bought an old Key of Heaven prayer book - I’ll tell you more about after I’ve actually received and started using it.

In English only

For the Latin you have two options: you can either look on in the Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary when has most, or on then have an Antiphonale which contains the Officium Parvum. Music also, so the latter is a plus.

This site appears to have the Latin English but only for Lauds, Vespers and Compline.

Is *that *online?

Don’t suppose you could get the obligation transferred in any way? (You may have already asked about this)

I have no clue were you would buy a traditional prayer book. I got mine from my grandfather (image an age when for Christmas you get a brand spanking new Missal and a prayer book, the good old days). It is a 1935, My Prayer Book. Happiness in Goodness by Father Lasance. I has parts in both Latin and English, so, I like it quite a bit. The company was from San Fransisco, but I don’t think that they are around. They are called Benziger Brothers.

3 words for you - ebay ebay ebay. A really good source for this type of thing.

Benziger evolved into one of the major RE textbook publishers, but like most of them has been swallowed up by one of the big business publishing houses. Like most good solid Catholic publishers that started as family businesses, and converted to big business at death of founders due to tax laws, they lost their previous orthodoxy. (Sheed and Ward, Image are two examples of imprints that suffered the same fate). Benziger RE texts are notorious for going of the deep end in the 60s and 70s, and are still not approved for RE use in this diocese, although their new editions claim to be in conformity with the CCC.

Fr JOhn Hardon’s Catholic Prayer Book, with most of the common prayers in both English and Latin, is the best traditional prayerbook I have found, plus it is pocket size. It is my best companion for adoration, and for travel. Meditations on scripture, from the saints etc. and topics on Ignatian spirituality (classic, not new age) are great. Best all-purpose prayerbook after a good missal and LOTH.

When I travel I only carry Magnificat or Shorter Christian Prayer, and this prayerbook which supplies more readings and meditations.

I use My Daily Psalm Book from the Confraternity of the Precious Blood. I got my copy about 2 yrs ago at my local Catholic bookstore and they are still available. It is set up to corespond with the various hours such as Matins, Lauds etc. Its pocket sized and can be taken anywhere.

AJV asked:

Is that online?

Unfortunately, no. AJV. Copies do readily show up on Ebay. I grabbed mine for about 25 dollars. If you would like me to post a section or two out of curiosity, let me know. :slight_smile:

LilyM asked:

Don’t suppose you could get the obligation transferred in any way? (You may have already asked about this)

Good question–I’ve been meaning to address this with my formation director. However, since the Divine Office goes beyond my own personal prayer and includes the prayer of Holy Mother Church it would be better if I could point to a religious community such as the FSSP that has official permission to use a pre-VII rite of the Office–I’m still researching this.

God Bless, :tiphat:


I just noticed bettedaddy posted this in a related thread:

But the FSSP, the ICRSS, the CRNJ…use all the liturgical books of 1962 (though the rumor said the new indult might allow priests to get permission to use any year since Pius X…I myself prefer 1954-55). They use the old Sacraments, old Breviary, etc…

So there’s hope!

Yes please. Very generous of you, Charleston :thumbsup:

I just noticed bettedaddy

batteddy :wink: :smiley:

I use a original copy of Blessed be God (1947), it has the Mass, novenas & many devotions and it available as a reprint.


AJV wrote: Yes please. Very generous of you, Charleston

Well, let’s see if I can do Wednesday Prime’s formatting justice with our forum’s tools. :slight_smile:


Prime is the hour of preparation of the day’s battle. On Wednesday, as has been said, we are in the midst of the week’s engagement and the conflict rages fiercely. The Little Hours form a unit; first we again glance at the way to God’s Kingdom (Prime); then in the mindset of the engagement we cry for aid (Terece); the cry for mercy continues during Sext; and finally at None God’s judgment is passed upon sinners.

Our Father. Hail Mary,

V: O God come to my assistance.
R. O Lord make haste to help me. Glory be…
Alleluia (Praise be to You).

I’ll skip posting the hymn’s text.

Ant. Your mercy:

Psalm 25: Prayer of the Innocent

Plea for just judgement

Do me justice, O Lord! for I have walked in
integrity, *
and in the Lord I trust without wavering.
Search me. O Lord and try me; *
test my soul and my heart.


For your kindness is before my eyes, *
and I walk in your truth.
I stay not with worthless men, *
nor do I consort with hypocrites.
I hate the assembly of evildoers, *
and with the wicked I will not stay.


I wash my hands in innocence, *
and I go around your altar, O lord,
Giving voice to my thanks, *
and recounting all your wonderous deeds.
O Lord, I love the house in which you dwell, *
the tenting-place of your glory.

Plea for preservation

Gather not my soul with those of sinners, *
nor with men of blood my life.
On their hands are crimes, *
and their right hands are full of bribes.

Aid granted

But I walk in integrity; *
redeem me, and have pity on me.
My foot stands on level ground; *
in the assemblies I will bless the Lord.

Ant. Your mercy is before my eyes, O Lord, / and I find my pleasure in Your truths.

Concluding prayers as in Prime, p. 20.

Chapter 1 Tim. 1:17 To the King of the ages, who is immortal, invisible, the one only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

V. Thanks be to God.
Y. Arise, O Christ and help us.
R. And deliver us for Your Name’s sake.

Lord have mercy on us, Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.

V. O Lord hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come to You.

Prayer Let us pray. O Lord God Almighty, who has brought us to the beginning of this day, preserve us in the same by Thy power, that during this day we may not fall into any sin, but that all our words, thoughts, and works may be directed to doing Thy holy will. through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God world without end.

R. Amen.
Y. Let us bless the Lord.
R. Thanks be to God.

There’s a couple of page breaks I didn’t bother to try to represent and a number of different ending prayers depending on where in the liturgical year you are, but this should give one a sense of the breviary’s layout.

(and, No, I’m not posting Matins…!!)

Well, I’ve got myself a Key of Heaven book now - after using it for a few days I just love it.

It has the order of Mass (NO since it was printed in 1969) and the Marriage Rite, Confession, as well as a whole mess of other prayers - Stations of the Cross, Rosary, Morning and Evening Prayers, Novenas for different feasts and different saints, Litanies of Our Lord and Our Lady, Devotions to the Sacred Heart (good for First Friday to be sure), great prayers before and after Communion among other things. Highly recommended.

I’ve looked at a ton of the online ads for the above mentioned books. Thanks to all who have participated, thus far.

I think I am settling on .Blessed Be God

Thanks, again!

Now how did you know I was going to ask…:stuck_out_tongue:

It seems to follow the pre-1970 format quite closely except in the number of the psalms.

Me too.

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