An Introduction to the Reform of the Roman Breviary 1911–13
Author: Cavendish, Paul
Source: Usus Antiquior, Volume 2, Number 1, January 2011 , pp. 32-60(29)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:The year 2011 marks the centenary of the publication of the Apostolic Constitution, Divino afflatu, which re-ordered the traditional Roman secular arrangement of the psalter and was the most radical restructuring of the Roman rite since the appearance of the 'Tridentine' Breviary, Missal, and other liturgical books. This article aims to introduce the reader to the reform of the Roman Breviary that took place between 1911 and 1913. As the pre-1911 Roman Breviary has passed from living memory and official use, the first part of the article describes the breviary and its constituent offices and their characteristics. The problems of a deliberately congested calendar are considered as a catalyst for the reform.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2011-01-01