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The Revision of the Vulgate by The Roman Catholic Church  55 pages

Original year of publication: 1909
Reprinted in the year: 2012

This booklet chronicles the progress of the commission set up by Pope Pius X to revise the official Vulgate edition (known as the "Clementine" edition). The intent was to restore the Vulgate back to what St. Jerome had created back in the 4th century. See the link below to an article about the head of the commision, Abbot Gasquet. The work was completed some years ago and is available in a complete editon- BIBLIA SACRA VULGATA

This edition has received mixed reactions amoung readers of the Vulgate. Some have criticized it as being too much like a medieval manuscript (archaic Latin spelling, no punctuation, etc..) and others have said that it is by far the best edition available since it is the fruit of the the most recent scholarship and manuscript evidence.

I think you will find that most traditional Vulgate readers prefer the Clementine edition since it conincides so closely with the Latin texts of the traditional mass and breviary. It also respects and reflects the natural organic growth of the Vuglate Bible as it was read, prayed from, and studied within the confines of the Catholic Church for hundreds of years.

The Clementine Edition is still available in a varitey of formats.

Printed edition with two editions of the Psalms (traditional Gallican Psalms and Pius XII Psalms) BUY

Printed edition with side by side English translation- BUY

Simple printed edition (economical softcover)- BUY

Free online edition- LINK

 

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THE PSALTER IN VULGATE LATIN AND DOUAY ENGLISH

The New Psalter with Interverse Translation by Rev. E.P. Graham, LL.D.  578 pages

Original year of publication: 1935
Reprinted in the year: 2010

So what makes this book so unique? Isn't it just the Psalms, presented in Latin and English? No. This book contains, in one handy volume, the entire Psalter of the Roman Breviary with the English text embedded in the Latin. Far different from other parallel texts available, this book allows one to study the translation of each particular verse as they read. This book will be an essential tool for anyone who is seeking better comprehension of the Vulgate Psalms. The Psalms are ordered according to the Psalter Pope Pius X, so this book will is suited for anyone using a Breviary from 1911 to 1962. There are two indices, an alphabetical and a numerical index to the entire Psalter. Also included are the 17 canticles of the Roman Breviary. Latin text is from the Vulgate Psalms, English is from the Douay-Rheims.

 

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May 28, 2010

Received the New Psalter today. Perfect! Exactly what I was looking for.

D.L. from Woden, ACT, Australia


April 19, 2010

My books arrived this morning! I am truly delighted with the books and the response time.

K.M. from London, England


April 19, 2010

I received the Psalter of the Roman Breviary much sooner than expected and want to thank you  for the superior service. The book is an excellent reprint, very well done.  Thanks again from a very satisfied customer!
 

W.R. from San Jose, CA

 

Study the Psalms with St. Alphonsus

Explanation of the Psalms and Canticles in the Divine Office by St. Alphonsus de Liguori  512 pages

Original year of publication: 1887
Reprinted in the year: 2008

The Explanation of the Psalms and Canticles in the Divine Office, one of the rarest works of Saint Alphonsus Maria Liguori, Confessor, Bishop and Doctor of the Church, is now available for a new generation of Catholic clergy and laity. Translated by Rev. Thomas Livius, C.SS.R. and published at London by Burns and Oates, Ltd., in 1887, with a preface by the famous Cardinal Manning, this book will certainly shed light on the obscure and difficult passages of the Psalter and inflame the heart with the sentiments of devotion that make the recital of the Psalms so spiritually edifying, as testified by two thousand years of Christian Psalmody.

Rev. Eugene Grimm, C.SS.R., the editor of the famous Centenary Edition of the Complete Ascetical Works of Saint Alphonsus, notes the following in his preface to his edition of the The Explanation of the Psalms and Canticles in the Divine Office [vol. 14]: “The Holy See has frequently praised and recommended all the works of St. Alphonsus; but the decree of March 23, 1871, which conferred on St. Alphonsus the title of Doctor of the Church, makes special mention of this work, speaking of it as one of his most useful and salutary works. The decree says: He [St. Alphonsus] has made clear dark passages of the Holy Scriptures, both in his ascetic writings, which are freighted with a celestial odor, and in a most salutary commentary, in which, for the nourishment of piety and the instruction of the soul, he has given expositions of the Psalms, as well as of the Canticles, for the benefit especially of those obliged to its recitation.”

In the same preface, Rev. Grimm acknowledges the edition of Rev. Thomas Livius as having been freely used in preparation of his own edition. Many readers, however, have commented that Rev. Livius’s edition is to be preferred to that of Rev. Grimm because of the different formats. While Rev. Grimm has the entire parallel Latin-English text of the Psalm followed by St. Alphonsus’s notes and commentary in the form of endnotes, Rev. Livius has the commentary and notes of the Saint follow each verse or verses concerned (which is in parallel Latin-English text). It is thus much easier to follow and there is no need to flipping pages back and forth.(Latin text is the Vulgate version-English text is that of the Douay translation, taken from The Book of Psalms Burns and Oates, 1878)

Saint Alphonsus follows the Roman Psalter as it existed at his time, i.e. the ancient Roman Psalter that preceded the reformed Psalter of Pope St. Pius X. Thus the arrangement of Psalms is much different in St. Alphonsus’s commentary than it is in the Roman Breviary. Also, the Canticles said in the first schema of Lauds are not present because they were an innovation of Pope St. Pius X’s reform. The Canticles said in the second schema of Lauds are present in the commentary because at the time they were the only ones in the Roman Psalter. Far from detracting from the value of the Saint’s commentary, however, it is a rare piece of liturgical history to which few now have access and it will increase appreciation for the reforms of Pope St. Pius X.

In a time when most modern commentators and editors debase the Psalter in theoretical, linguistic and historical controversies that hinder rather than assist Catholic piety, especially since heretical errors have de-contextualized the Psalter from its true Christocentric nature, the republication of this very important and rare work is a blessing. This is especially so for those who recite the Divine Office and Catholics who truly wish to study the Psalms as our Father and the Saints did and not as modern critics who lack traditional Catholic piety and faith.

Presented here in the larger crown quarto size (approx. 7 ½” by 9 5/8”), we know that this book will be a constant companion to your Breviary, biblical studies, or devotional meditations.

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The Divine Office. How to Say it Devoutly. How to Make it a Pleasure. by E.D.M. (Fr. Paul O'Sullivan)  100 pages

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.
14) CREED.
15) CONFITEOR.
16) MISEREATUR.
17) TE DEUM.
18) MAGNIFICAT.
19) BENEDICTUS.
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 sales@churchlatin.com 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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November 04, 2009

Hello, it was a blessing and a miracle that I found this website. I feel so blessed. I have two new great books that I have been searching for and couldn't find elsewhere. I love my books, Visits To Jesus in the Tabernacle by Fr. Lasance and THE DIVINE OFFICE by FR. Paul O'Sullivan, my favorite priest. I love these books and I love this website. I feel like I have a new friend. I shall keep in touch with you so I may find something else in the future. God bless you for your fine work. May they continue many years to come.

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A Short Historical and Critical Analysis of the Douay Rheims Translation of the Holy Scriptures by Fr. Hugh Pope, O.P.  67 pages

Original year of publication: 1952
Reprinted in the year: 2007

This book was created by extracting three chapters from Fr. Pope's great work, "English Versions of the Bible" In 67 pages you will learn the background of the translation, details about the translators, and a detailed analysis of the text. Very useful information for any Douay Rheims user.

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November 04, 2009

Dear Max,  I have received my order this minute - 3.30 p.m., Wednesday October 8 - with the greatest delight & gratitude to you for all you have done to make this possible.  At 89 years of age, now living in retirement, I am able to devote time to things dearest to my heart, such as what Christine Mohrmann & Fr. Hugh Pope have so well elucidated for us.  You have put into my hands these two indispensable aids to solve some questions for me.  God bless you for your kindness & generosity to me. 

 

L.D. from Corrinda, Queensland, Australia

 
The Old Latin and the Itala by F.C. Burkitt  102 pages

Original year of publication: 1896
Reprinted in the year: 2007

A detailed critical study of two 'pre-Vulgate' translations of the Holy Bible in Latin. I don't know much about the author. I believe he was a protestant scholar. The text in this book is a bit fuzzy, but readable. It was not scanned by me but taken from a pdf I obtained.

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Liturgical Latin, Its Origins and Character by Dr. Christine Mohrmann  86 pages

Original year of publication: 1957
Reprinted in the year: 2007

A great little book that gives a short but detailed explanation of Liturgical Latin in three chapters. Chapter One- Sacred and Hieratic Languages, Two- Early Christian Latin and the Origin of Liturgical Latin, Three- General Characteristics of Liturgical Latin. Written in an easy to read format so you don't have to be a historian or scholar to understand what is contained therein. A nice companion to a grammatical Latin course which rarely give any background to the development of the language.

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January 26, 2010

I ran across a reference to "Liturgical Latin, Its Origins and Character" on a blog that I happened to read and went about looking for it with my usual sources to no avail. I ran a search and came across your website. The price was reasonable and the delivery time was acceptable so I placed the order and to my surprise, the book appeared in much less time than was quoted. The quality was excellent and I heartily recommend this book for anyone who is concerned with our Sacred Liturgy. Thanks so much for the fine work that you are doing. I will bookmark your site and check with you on future items.
 

M.L. from Lebanon, KY


November 04, 2009

Dear Max,  I have received my order this minute - 3.30 p.m., Wednesday October 8 - with the greatest delight & gratitude to you for all you have done to make this possible.  At 89 years of age, now living in retirement, I am able to devote time to things dearest to my heart, such as what Christine Mohrmann & Fr. Hugh Pope have so well elucidated for us.  You have put into my hands these two indispensable aids to solve some questions for me.  God bless you for your kindness & generosity to me. 

 

L.D. from Corrinda, Queensland, Australia

 
The Latin of St. Patrick by Dr. Christine Mohrmann  54 pages

Original year of publication: 1961
Reprinted in the year: 2007

Dr. Mohrmann, using her expertise in Latin and History, gives a detailed explanation of the style of Latin that St. Patrick used in his writings.

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