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Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham Hardcover – 28 Sep 2012

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  • Hardcover: 948 pages
  • Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich (28 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184825122X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848251229
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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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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I disagree that "this is only for the clergy". I am an expatriate Texan of the Anglican Use / Ordinariate, now living in England. I recently got the Customary, and am still getting acquainted with it. Yes, it takes a while to learn "where to go next"; but no more so than first trying to use the Liturgy of the Hours or the Book of Divine Worship, both of which I have used. (Everything when new seems to be difficult; when you get accustomed, it seems logical and easy).

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.
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The Customary is very similar to the American 1928 BCP, with the addition of collects for feasts that do not occur in the Anglican calendar, and of collects and short readings to make up the three day offices of Terce, Sext and None. sundays and feasts are provided with a long reading from the anglican patrimony: mediaeval writers, noted converts and anglo-catholics who remained in communion with the see of Canterbury. These readings seem well chosen give a good flavour of the contribution of the British Islands to the Catholic faith.

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.
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This is a beautiful book in terms of presentation and content. For those who treasure the familiar Prayer Book Offices it is a joy to behold. As with all 'new' formats it takes time to find the war around, however, I use the Evening Office from the Customary and Morning Office from the Liturgy of Hours - they complement each other beautifully. I have only rated four stars as there are a few areas where I think things could be improved -there are a few misprints which need correction to bring the Customary in line with the Liturgy of Hours, also a lay man's guide would be useful as collects follow Time after Trinity, however, the Readings follow Ordinary Time - not to mention the Yr 1, Yr 2, 1 Year variations which can easily lead to confusion. My advice would be to compare the Customary orders for the day with the Liturgy of Hours and you can see where you should be going. Also it would be useful if there was clear indication of the days upon which the Te Deum is to be sung or recited during the morning office.

Overall I am grateful to see one of our 'treasures' being made available in this way.
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The Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham provides a daily office of morning, evening and night prayer for those Catholics who have come from Anglicanism. It adapts the order of the Book of Common Prayer for use in a Catholic context, for instance the Litany incorporates prayer to Mary and saints and a prayer for the Pope is added to morning and evening prayer. Collects are provided for both Latin-rite Catholic feasts and feasts that are of particular significance for English Catholics and ex-Anglicans. This is an invaluable resource for Catholics who love the Book of Common Prayer and want to retain it in their private devotion, or corporate devotion in the Ordinariate.

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.
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