Western Rite Prayer Books

Western Rite Prayer Books and Breviaries

There are a variety of prayer books and breviaries available for Western Rite Orthodox Christians to use for their personal devotions.

Monastic Diurnal

Monastic DiurnalThe traditional prayer book of the Benedictine monks of the Western Patriarchate of the Orthodox Church. The Monastic Office was first set forth in all of its essential features and in much of its detail about the year 535 A.D. in the Holy Rule of St. Benedict, the father of Western monasticism. It was the first complete and enduring order of daily praise and prayer in European Christendom.

For over fourteen hundred years it has voiced the worship of an ever-increasing circle of devout men and women. It came to England with St. Augustine, the first Archbishop of Canterbury, and it was the Prayer Book of those who more than any other monastic tradition formed and influenced the church in England – men such as St. Wilfrid, St. Benedict Biscop, the Venerable Bede and St. Dunstan. For centuries the Archbishops of Canterbury wore the Benedictine habit, and many of the greater English cathedrals resounded with Benedictine praise.

The Monastic Office was planned from the first for busy men, working at both mental and manual labour. Its recitation was called by St. Benedict the Work of God, ‘Opus Dei’; the primary spiritual labour ‘to which nothing is to be preferred’.

Available to purchase from Lancelot Andrewes Press.

Monastic Breviary Matins

Monastic Breviary Matins

The ancient Night Office of the order of the Benedictine monks. Can be used in conjunction with the seven canonical Hours of the Monastic Diurnal. As well as the prayers of the Night Office, the Breviary contains seasonal readings from scripture, the Lives of the Saints and writings from the Fathers of the Church.

Available to purchase from Lancelot Andrewes Press.

Orthodox Prayers of Old England

Orthodox Prayers of Old EnglandTraditional Western Rite Prayer Book for Orthodox Christians. Contains a full set of daily prayers and offices, as well as various litanies, the seven Psalms, the fifteen Psalms, the Hours of the Blessed Virgin and the holy Guardian Angel, the offices of Baptism, Confession, Burial and Marriage as well as the Divine Liturgy in its traditional form as the Liturgy of Saint Peter, and its English use, the Sarum Rite.

Published by Saint Hilarion Press and available from the Saint John Cassian Bookstore

Links to online Western Rite breviaries and missals

The following four links are to the four volumes of the 1908 breviary in traditional English, prior to the early 20th century liturgical reforms. Maintains a pre-schism format but must be vetted for post-schism saints and feasts: