Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary

September 6, 2012 § Leave a comment

The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary from Baronius Press is a wonderful new printing of a tried and true classic which every Catholic should include in their library. Much more brief than the Divine Office, the Little Office in honor of Our Lady is a way for lay Catholics to join the universal Church in her daily prayers. Traditional Catholics will love the fact that this edition complies with the 1961 editio typica for the Immemorial Mass, using readings from the Douay-Rheims, Challoner version of the Holy Bible, with Psalms from the Vulgate of St. Jerome, and includes the full Latin text of each Office in addition to the vernacular. Furthermore, Catholics familiar with Gregorian notation can say each Office the same way as countless Saints through the ages- in beautiful Gregorian chant, since this edition uniquely contains the entire Gregorian chant of each Office.
Beautifully bound and printed, with a soft, flexible leather cover and lightweight but sturdy gilded pages, with two ribbons, one blue and one gold, and an included card containing the conclusions of prayers in the Office, which can be used as a third bookmark, the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary from Baronius Press features a classic Missal layout, in bold black and red text, with the English on left and Latin translation on the right. There are actually three books within- one set of Offices for each season, with Office 1 being used throughout the year, Office 2 used during Advent, and Office 3 used from first Vespers of the Nativity until the Feast of the Purification. Each Office also contains a section for Eastertide, so the faithful Catholic can celebrate with the Church all year long. Prefaced by the Very Reverend Father John Berg, Superior General of the Priestly Society of Saint Peter (FSSP), with a wonderful introduction by Theo Keller explaining the history of the Little Office, the book contains the Imprimatur of the Most Reverend Fabian W. Bruskewitz, DD, STD, Bishop of Lincoln.
Besides all this, several appendices contain descriptions of prayers and liturgy, notes on the Office, rubrics, a calendar of feasts, list of indulgences for faithful recitation of the Office, litanies- all in a book which easily fits in a back pocket or purse. It is amazing how much was able to be included in this little two hundred twenty-seven page book! If prayed slowly and attentively, each Office takes about twenty minutes, or the same length of time as a Rosary. So there is no reason why every Catholic should not include the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary as part of their daily prayers.

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For the Life of the World

March 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

Gifts/ Bookstore | Marytown – National Shrine of Saint Maximilian Kolbe.

St. Maximilian Kolbe is my patron saint; as a consecrated Knight of the Immaculata, I like to read about St. Max and his spirituality as much as possible. For the Life of the World, by Jerzy Domanski, OFM Conv., takes some of the focus off St. Kolbe’s Marian spirituality (but in no means diminishes it), focusing instead on Kolbe’s relationship with Jesus in the Eucharist. Some would accuse St. Kolbe of too fervent a devotion to the Queen of Heaven, but Father Domanski shows us how in every way, Jesus is the end and Mary the means, and devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary is the best way to unite our will to that of Christ, whose will is identical to his mother’s.

Many people, even Catholics, do not fully understand the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception- an infallible doctrine that will never change or diminish. This book helps to correct many of the misunderstandings and remind the reader that Jesus Himself gave us His mother as an example of the perfect disciple, to be imitated and honored, in imitation of Christ.

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