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First Impressions - Divine Worship: Daily Office (Commonwealth Edition)

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Simply superb. First Impressions At long last, my Divine Worship: Daily Office (Commonwealth Edition) (DW:DO:CE) preorders have arrived! By a quite happy coincidence they showed up on the patronal feast of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. I have to say, I am extremely impressed with what the UK and Australian ordinariates have produced together with Catholic Truth Society. DW:DO:CE seems to be a fantastic office book that borrows some of the best of classical Anglican liturgies, and does so without crudely shoehorning traditional Anglican prayers onto contemporary forms. It may not be a Book of Common Prayer (BCP), but it’s a great prayer book! I’ll write a comprehensive review of DW:DO:CE after I’ve consistently used the book for prayer for a month or two. (There’s not much bad to say about it, so I expect the review will end up being a single, albeit lengthy, post.) Until then, here are my initial impressions of what is easily the finest family-friendly, Catholic prayer bo

Review - Divine Worship: Daily Office (North American Edition) - Part V: Conclusion

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  Preamble  ·  Part I  ·  Part II  ·  Part III  · Part IV Cuiusvis hominis est errare, nullius nisi insipientis in errore perseverare. After finishing the first draft of my review’s conclusion about six weeks ago, I thought it best to set aside Divine Worship: Daily Office (North American Edition) (DW:DO:NAE) and return to my trusty 1662 Book of Common Prayer (BCP) for awhile. Praying with DW:DO:NAE, littered as it was with errors on nearly every page, eventually grew too frustrating to be fruitful, and I felt that this risked my review becoming unfairly harsh and critical. Eventually, I picked up DW:DO:NAE anew to give it a second chance, and found my earlier convictions about the book were unchanged. Today, I present to you the conclusion of my review of the first official prayer book of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter (OCSP), along with some parting recommendations. Fatal Flaws It is an undeniable and deeply unfortunate truth that DW:DO:NAE, in both its pri

Preorders now open for Divine Worship: Daily Office (Commonwealth Edition)

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Image © Catholic Truth Society We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you an announcement of great joy: Divine Worship: Daily Office (Commonwealth Edition) is now available for preorder! It is undeniable that Catholic Truth Society does excellent work. Personal misgivings aside (I’m no fan of the RSV-2CE), I expect this to be a thoroughly-edited, well-made prayer book free of any major problems.  Sign up for their newsletter to receive 10% off and place your preorder today.

Review - Divine Worship: Daily Office (North American Edition) - Part III: The Major Hours

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Preamble  · Part I  · Part II  · Part IV  ·  Part V With a Bible and this prayer book, you’ve got yourself an Ordinariate Evensong. Praying the daily offices from Divine Worship: Daily Office (North American Edition) (DW:DO:NAE) has not at all been an unpleasant experience, aside from the overly stiff binding, missing collects and frequent typos. That being said, there have been quite a few somewhat jarring moments thanks to what seems like a very scattered selection of source material—in one place something’s been taken from the American 1928 Book of Common Prayer (BCP), in another place it’s lifted directly from the 1979 BCP, and in yet another spot the stillborn 1928 English prayer book revision is blatantly (and, I believe, unnecessarily) pirated. It rather feels as though every well-known Anglican source was included in an attempt to please as many people as possible. However, after comparing DW:DO:NAE’s offices with a number of common BCP offices to figure out from whence came

Review - Divine Worship: Daily Office (North American Edition) - Part II: Padding the Numbers

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Preamble  ·  Part I  ·  Part III  ·  Part IV  ·  Part V After waiting nearly a decade for the introduction of  Divine Worship: Daily Office (North American Edition) (DW:DO:NAE), I think it’s important to be completely clear about what it is and what it is not. DW:DO:NAE is a new prayer book promulgated by Bishop Steven Lopes for use in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter (OCSP). It now serves as the official divine office of the OCSP, fulfilling the obligations of those required to pray the office and allowing clergy and laity alike to pray with and for the Church. In this sense, it is functionally equivalent to the Roman Breviary, the Liturgy of the Hours, and various other Catholic offices. Unlike those examples, however, DW:DO:NAE is not a fully complete office book in and of itself: a Bible is also required to provide the daily lessons at Morning and Evening Prayer. DW:DO:NAE is prescribed specifically for use in the OCSP, and is not authorized by the Ordinariates

Review - Divine Worship: Daily Office (North American Edition) - Part I: Historical Background

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Preamble  · Part II  · Part III  · Part IV  ·  Part V Over the next few posts I will endeavor to thoroughly review the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter’s new divine office book, beginning with a short history of the events leading up to its publication in November 2020. My copy of the rather clunkily-named  Divine Worship: Daily Office (North American Edition) (DW:DO:NAE) arrived about two weeks ago, and since then I have used it to pray Mattins and Evensong every day without fail. Overall, I have genuinely enjoyed using the book; however, that is frankly due more to the nature of the traditional Anglican offices than to any innate property of this publication. Unfortunately, while entirely usable in its current form, DW:DO:NAE is considerably more expensive, of lower quality, and more complicated than alternatives like the Cambridge 1662 Book of Common Prayer  (BCP) or the  Anglican Parishes Association 1928 BCP . It is my hope that this review, when completed, will e