Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Review: Sacramental Douay-Rheims Bibles - St. Benedict Press

Well this is embarrassing. The camera was on the photo printer. Right in the open. Who would have looked there? Without further ado...

I present St. Benedict Press' sacramental Douay-Rheims Bibles. On top is the First Communion, on the bottom is the Confirmation Bible. In short, these are great gifts for any Catholic receiving these sacraments. They are also good for anyone who just wants a hardcover Douay-Rheims Bible. Let's dive right in.

Above is a photo of the spine and the gold embossed text. I personally would have liked the stamping to have some depth to it. But they did a nice looking job with what we have here. Its unlikely your 6 or 13 year old will care.

Both books lay flat nicely. That makes them great for personal use and especially Bible study.

In the First Communion edition, there are children saints profiled; and in the Confirmation edition we have the patron saints of young men and women. Here we see the Patron Saint of Altar Boys, St. Tarcisius, from the First Communion edition. A lot of the very nice art in these books are from stained glass windows. I suspect this will help the kids grow up appreciating fine artwork in their parishes. Wouldn't that be a nice thing?

In both editions the extras are tailored to the audience. The following photos are from the Confirmation edition and focus on discerning your vocation.

Apologies for the spotty light. I work with what I have at the moment. Below is a close-up of the art in these sections.

These books also include short catechetical works. In the First Communion Bible there is an explanation of the Seven Sacraments, and in the Confirmation Bible we have a question and answer section on frequent questions asked by young people.

Sacrament section in the First Communion Bible.

And here is the frequent questions section in the Confirmation Bible. It also contains a Latin/English prayers section.

There is much more in these Bibles than I have time to write about. The inside text by the way, is identical to the paperback edition which I reviewed here. I think it is safe to say that these make great gifts or even personal editions for any Catholic. If you are looking for a hardback Douay-Rheims this is a good choice.

Buy them here:
Douay-Rheims First Communion Bible
Douay-Rheims Confirmation Bible


cheryl said...

If I may ask, who is (or who are) the translator(s)? I love my Challoner translation, but the language at times is a bit too archaic for me.

Matt said...

Hi Cheryl,

These are both Challoner versions. The language is archaic at times. But until we get a modern language update to the Vulgate I supposed traditionalists will have to make do.

God Bless,

Moonshadow said...

Very nice review!

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