Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham Hardcover – 28 Sep 2012
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About the Author
Monsignor Andrew Burnham is a priest in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and Assistant to its Ordinary. He has responsibility for the Ordinariate's liturgical provisions.
Aidan Nichols OP is an Affiliated Lecturer in the University of Cambridge and a Catholic priest.
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The Customary is beautiful and deepens interior life even though one still fumbles. It is helpful to put a hand-written "flow chart" along with other bookmarks in it; I "cheat" by using little movable colored file tabs on the different pages with numbers written on them to facilitate flipping to the next section.
One criticism is that I need reading-glasses for the print, and the book doesn't quite have enough ribbons; so I put some of my own in. Be inventive; the book is an adventure, so make it your own with whatever helps you navigate in the beginning. It is a glorious book, especially the modern readings, many by Newman. It has considered, kept the best, and improved many of the shortcomings of its American predecessor, the BDW; but suitable for the historical and cultural sensibilites of the UK, which is as it should be.
That's not to say it's perfect -- but it is brilliantly edited and rewards the time spent in getting familiar with it. Hang in there, you will become unexpectedly fond of it sooner than you think. I do recommend making a water-proof cover for it for use outdoors.
According to the rubrics, morning and evening prayer (matins and evensong) together constitute a complete office. With two longish readings they each take about thirty minutes to say. Compline and the day hours are provided if required. Compline is very similar to the 1928 BCP, with the ingenious addition of seasonal antiphons for the nunc dimittis (for which alternative canticles are provided at evening prayer if compline is to be said). Final anthems to Our Lady are also provided (in full rather than the truncated ones in the Roman Liturgy of the Hours).
The rubrics allow four readings from holy scripture as given in the lectionary, or one of the non biblical readings provided may be substituted on Sundays and Holy Days. Alternatively, the readings from the Office of Readings in the LotH may be used at either morning or evening prayer. Curiously, there is no mention of substituting the lections from the mass of the day, which would seem to make sense unless one is attending mass that day. The drawback is that to say the office one needs the customary plus either a bible or breviary (or missal).
Anyone used to praying the traditional Anglican office is unlikely to have difficulty with the Customary.Read more ›
Overall I am grateful to see one of our 'treasures' being made available in this way.
The grandeur of Prayer Book English is mostly retained, yet occasionally concessions weaken this. For instance, Holy Ghost is changed to Holy Spirit, which having an extra syllable, does not roll off the tongue with the same dignity. Passages from Scripture are also taken from the RSV and not the King James Bible. If the KJV was unacceptable to Catholics, could the Douay-Rheims not have been used?
The page markers are useful and I like the short lectionary at the back, which is useful if one does not want to disrupt daily prayer by searching in one's Bible for passages.
This is an elegant volume and very well bound. It is sturdy enough to last many years.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent book for members of the Ordinariate, but rather a lot of misprints11Published 3 months ago by rosalind brunwin
This is an excellent resource for anyone who is even remotely interested in the story of Catholic England. Read morePublished 16 months ago by E. Tomlinson
This is daily prayer recommended for those Anglicans who, whilst remembering their history and liturgy ,become Catholic.
The book is as beautiful as the prayers it contains.
I give it only two stars because firstly, the translations of the psalms do not correctly match either the latin gallican psalter or greek septuagint psalter. Read morePublished on 16 Oct. 2013 by Philip Mcavoy
For an Anglican joining the Ordinariate it is a Feast of familiar texts and cadences of sublime beauty, you will not be disappointedPublished on 7 Oct. 2013 by Graham Collingwood
I purchased this book for reference; as a member of the Ordinariate in Canada with some experience with liturgy, I was as much curious as anything. Read morePublished on 11 Jan. 2013 by Tim D Smith
Excellent work - using the liturgy and terminology that we all remember and love from many years ago - thank you.Published on 29 Nov. 2012 by Mrs. Jean Bates