The Divine Office. How to Say it Devoutly. How to Make it a Pleasure.
by E.D.M. (Fr. Paul O'Sullivan)
Original year of publication: 1941
Reprinted in the year: 2008
Written for Priests, but certainly useful for anyone who recites the Divine Office, this little manual addresses all of the calamities associated with the poor recitation of the Divine Office, as well as the great graces that are the result of its devout recitation.
With his characteristic dexterity and clarity, Fr. O’Sullivan (who often uses the acronymic pseudonym E.D.M.- derived from “Enfant de Marie” which is in English “Child of Mary”)addresses both interior and exterior obstacles that thwart a devout soul’s attempt from abundantly reaping the fruits of the Divine Office.
After reading and meditating on the sublime teachings and practical advice given in this book, it would be astounding if one does not recite the Office digne, attente ac devote (worthily, attentively and devoutly). Unlike lengthy, expensive and largely theoretical treatises on the Divine Office, this little book is perfect for frequent meditation or spiritual reading. It is an ideal gift for your Pastor, or any Priest, Seminarian or Religious you may know.
The same author who made us appreciate the blessed Name of Our Lord in his book The Wonders of the Holy Name, and taught us how to avoid Purgatory in Read Me or Rue It, and increased our love for our Angel Guardians in All About the Angels, now teaches how to pray the Divine Office, the greatest of prayers, second only to the Holy Mass.
No words are wasted in these short chapters, which show the devout soul the teachings and examples of the Saints and are sanctioned by the experiences and piety of Father O’Sullivan and the testimony of his brethren and superiors in the clergy.
Pages 1-35 book is devoted to prompting one say the office slowly and devoutly and with joy and fervor.
Chapters are titled thus-
1) THE DIVINE OFFICE. What is is.
2) VALUE OF THE DIVINE OFFICE. What the Saints Say Regarding the Value of the Office.
3) THE OFFICE MUST BE A PLEASURE.
4) FAVORS WE ME ASK FOR IN THE DIVINE OFFICE.
5) WHY DO SOME PRIESTS SAY THEIR OFFICE BADLY?
6) PRIESTS ARE THEMSELVES TO BLAME.
7) A PRIEST WHO SAYS HIS OFFICE WELL IS A HOLY PRIEST; A PRIEST WHO SAYS HIS OFFICE BADLY IS A BAD PRIEST.
8) A PRIEST WHO SAYS HIS OFFICE BADLY IS AN UNHAPPY PRIEST
Pages 36-83 give detailed explanations and practical applications of the various prayers of the Divine Office.
9) HOW TO BEGIN THE OFFICE.
10) SPECIAL PARTS OF THE OFFICE.
11) THE GLORIA PATRI.
12) OUR FATHER.
13) THE HAIL MARY.
17) TE DEUM.
20) NUNC DIMITTIS.
21) HAIL HOLY QUEEN.
Lastly, pages 84-98 give excellent counsels from the saints on the Divine Office and its recital.
22) WHAT ST. ALPHONSUS TEACHES.
23) THE SAINTS AND THE DIVINE OFFICE.
The book is concluded by 2 pages that give 16 Golden Rules, which basically recapitulate of all that is taught in the previous 98 pages.
Father O’Sullivan does not treat the Psalms specifically. We highly recommend a book called “The Divine Office, Explanation of Psalms and Canticles” by the great Doctor St. Alphonsus Ligouri for a detailed exposition of the Psalms. (available on this website)
It is our hope that this book makes into the hands of every Priest, Seminarian, Religious, or lay man and woman who recites the blessed Canonical Hours. We can offer quantity discounts for orders of 10 or more copies and substantial quantity discounts for orders of over 25 copies. Please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org and specify your shipping address when inquiring.
Update 11/26/09- We now posted his complete biography, for those who would like to learn more about his life. Click on the link below.
Biography of Fr. Paul O' Sullivan.
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