Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Inexpensive Diunale Romanum 1962 Available

Just found this doing some random searching - it seems there is an inexpensive paperback edition of the Diurnale Romanum Latin-English 1962 edition available on Lulu.com.

Has anyone else used Lulu? The resources in print there are astounding for stuff like this. There is a commentary available from St. Alphonsus Ligouri on the Psalms for $10 I might pick up too, which follows the order in the Psalter.

I splurged for this $14 edition for reviewal purposes and also as a hold-over for the forthcoming Baronius Edition. (With shipping it cost $22.) For someone on a budget its a great deal. In the "Thank You" email from Lulu, the editor has asked for error scanning from his buyers. So let's help him out by doing so!

This edition is also available as a free download, so at least take a look in your spare time.

Meanwhile, my Anglican Breviary is doing me great service. My thoughts on it are still on the way...


bensbroussard said...


Thank you for this post in particular, I enjoy reading your blog. I happen to be one of these people on a budget, and the Diurnale Romanum would work nicely. Thanks for the info and link to lulu.

I was given a set of the Liturgy of the Hours years ago, but since falling in love with the Church's traditions, I have since abandoned it for greener pastures in the earlier editions found online. I concur that this copy in particular would be a great hold-over until the much-anticipated Baronius Press edition is available.

Do you have any experience in singing the office? I am a schola director, and there is talk of singing Vespers for some upcoming feasts. Any info you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

Matt said...

Hi Ben,

Thanks for the comment. Just an FYI, the publisher of that Diurnale has taken the work offline pending the approval of his Ordinary. He has also talked of perhaps putting it in a leather binding and selling it for around $20. Not bad, really.

As for singing the office, I have pretty limited experience with that because our parish travels far and wide to get there so Vespers is almost never done. If you have a Liber Usualis there are instructions in the book. Be careful to use the proper tones which are indicated for each antiphon and take the proper endings for each.

The best advice I guess I have is that you should take care to map out what you need to. We have used print outs (photocopies, pasted together) for our schola so there isn't any confusion.

If you are already familiar with the Office then you know the parts, its just a matter of finding the music in the Liber.

Go over to www.musicasacra.com and on the right side you will see a ton of links. Scroll down a bit and you'll see the Vesperale Romanum. That should help you out too.

Thanks again and keep reading.

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