Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Baronius Breviary - Deo Gratias!

Finally! Baronius has posted their pre-order of the new Breviary. The set will cost about $350. They have also posted some new inside scans on their site.

Today was the one day I didn't check the site. But thank you Fr. Ramil for the heads up!

And a word from Baronius on their website, with my comments/responses and highlights. For some reason, the text won't turn red tonight. My comments are in italics.

We wish to thank all those who have supported the completion of this project with their prayers and by purchasing our existing titles. [No problem!] This was the most ambitious project Baronius has attempted to date and in our attempts to give it the attention and time such an important publication deserved it ended up taking significantly longer than we originally planned.

As we have previously explained to many customers, work on the Breviary has been delayed by a series of difficulties, including being let down by some contributors [!] working on elements of the project and various technical issues. We ourselves have been frustrated by these problems which have held up progress with the Breviary.

The process of submitting the work for a concordat cum originali took the best part of a year. We anticipated that it would be a long process, however, we knew that it was absolutely essential to take this step as it means that the Church grants its approbation for the Latin text to be used liturgically in its services. [I am glad they did this the right way, even if it added to the time it took.]

The editor also introduced some additional rounds of proof reading and checking to try and eliminate as many errors as possible. These also delayed publication by at least six months, but again we thought it was the best course to follow.

Several customers had suggested that we should have concentrated on the Breviary rather than publishing various other titles. Baronius Press is only a small independent company and the Classics and the other titles have provided the income we needed to be able to continue the work on the Breviary. [I am looking forward to the new Knox Bible as well. It is important to support small Catholic publishers. Have you seen their Divine Intimacy? It is fantastic.]

Furthermore, at the end of last year we took the step of changing printers. We thought that this move was important for a number of reasons, not least because of the continual delays we had experienced with producing books with the previous printer. This move has also caused a delay of a couple of months in the Breviary's production, as we needed to reprint titles we were running out of stock of before we could schedule in the Breviary for printing. Those were finished a few weeks ago and the Breviary now has the full attention of our new printer. The estimated time for the Breviary to be produced and delivered to our warehouse is 3-4 months. We estimate that we will be able to start shipping copies to customers around the beginning of August 2011. Please bear in mind that this is a provisional date and we hope and pray that it is accurate.

A provisional price of $350/ £230 has been set for this title. [A little higher than anticipated. But consider that a new Latin Liturgia Horarum will set you back almost $900.] We are aware there has been some criticism on various Catholic on-line discussions that we should have been able to announce the price before now. [If they had announced the price, they would have been criticized if they had to change it.] We have had an idea how much it would be for quite some time, but as Baronius is juggling several currencies, we did not want to say it will be such-and-such-a-price, and then find that due to an unforeseen fluctuation of exchange rates, we are forced to change it. We trust customers will understand our prudence in this matter.

The reason we are being as candid as we can be about these matters is that we know many benefactors have been extremely disappointed that the Breviary has not appeared sooner. Please be assured we too share your frustrations with the difficulties that have beset the project. [See everyone, they were listening! I imagine reading criticism and not being able to do or say anything about it to change the process was very difficult.] However, we hope that you understand some of the problems we have faced and forgive us [forgiven] for the very long time it has taken to get this far. We believe that this is a very important project and are ourselves extremely keen to see the Breviary delivered as soon as possible to those wishing to use it. We hope that when delivered, you will agree that it has been worth the wait, and wherever in the world you may be, we hope that this will be a useful tool that can be used for many years, to the greater glory of God.


sekman said...

I saw that Bp. Bruskewitz granted the Imprimatur for this project. I stumbled across something interesting though on the page displaying the imprimatur.

It appears the English translation has been approved for private use only, this is very interesting because it would appear that the English would not fulfill one's obligation to pray the office. The totum that was produced by Benziger entirely in English would have fulfilled one's obligation. I don't know if the Collegeville contains the same wording in the Imprimatur, I can check later this morning.

bgeorge77 said...

Yes! BTW, Have you taken a look at "The Anglican Breviary"? It's the Roman breviary, but in English and with a few occasional BCP prayers as addenda (in addition to the Roman collects.)

Robert said...

Would be nice if someone could produce a cheaper edition for those of us on a limited budget. The full blown LOTH is half this price.

Hao-ah said...

Can someone enlighten me? How can this Breviary be "in accord with the original text of the 1961 'Breviarium Romanum': Concordat cum originali" if during that time the Pius XII Psalter were the Editio Typica?

Baronius is using the Gallican Psalter. I'm confused. Back in 1961 was one's obligation canonically fulfilled by praying with the Gallican Psalter? I know John XXIII hated the Pian psalter but that's where I'm confused. All "official" breviaries (breviaria?) were set to Pius XII...I thought that was the "lawful" one.

Any help?

Ramil said...

I noticed that too, I suppose the best thing would be to write Baronius and ask them that question.

I was actually given a well-thumbed, well-prayed set of the Breviarium Romanum in two volumes using the Vulgate Psalter by the priest who owned them, just before he passed.

It was published by Maison Mame, who also published the same set using the Pian Psalter.

(Also, remember that Dessain et Cie. issued two different sets: one using the Pian Psalter, the other using the Vulgata. The Vulgata set was the edition reprnted by the FSSP in 1995 although I've been told there were many, many errors in the original publication of 1961 - see this site for an Errata sheet from the FSSP. ).

Those (Pian) sets are very easy to find on eBay and other used bookstores (like Loome Theological, et. al.). Well, at least at one time they were very easy to come across. I've noticed that now they're being snapped up rather quickly, especially complete sets. You'll find an occasional stray volume for a very good price.

Finally, The New Liturgical Movement ran a series of articles on the History of the Reform of the Roman Breviary, and they had an installment which concerned the Pian Psalter:

Hope that helps, and perhaps someone with more knowledge can further explain.

Matt said...

@bgeorge77: yup. Check out my review of it. Up at the top of the page here, click Book Reviews and you'll see it.

@Hao-ah: the Pian Psalter was always optional. It was pushed heavy however. I consider it's promulgation as one of the first breaks with the liturgical tradition of the Church. But the point is that both the Vulgate and Pian Psalter were and remain licit forms of the 1961 Breviarium Romanum.

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