Friday, February 20, 2009

Monastic Diurnal. A Benedictine oblate blog

For about a year and a half I have been wanting to get a Monastic Diurnal because it was recommended by several mature oblates whose opinion I value in my baby-oblate state! I received one today for my birthday. I have yet to read anything in it and plan to begin looking at it over the weekend.

Here is the bookseller’s description of the Monastic Diurnal published by St. Michael's Abbey, Farnborough, England:

“This Benedictine breviary in parallel Latin and English is a exacting reprint of the 1963 edition. It includes the hours, as well as the feasts and seasons in the Benedictine calendar, with an updated table of moveable feasts. Gilt-edged and leather bound, this lightweight yet sturdy book was designed for traveling priests and monks. This truly beautiful book is for readers who want to draw on the inexhaustible riches of the monastic tradition. It is especially useful for those who wish to immerse themselves in rhythms of the liturgical year.”

The liturgical year they say? This could not have come at a better time.


There may be other places to get the Monastic Diurnal, mine came from the very helpful and customer-friendly and efficient Catholic Truth Society.

The picture is of St. Benedict giving his Rule to the monks of his order.


  1. John, thanks a lot for the illumination of Benedict giving the Rule to his monks. I'll copy it for future use on my own site.

  2. Joe,

    There are a few other Benedictine pictures over on the web site that will no doubt show up on my blog too!

  3. Colleen,

    I am new to the Catholic Church and all of the terms and Latin and procedures are new to me. It will take much study before I will be able to use the Monastic Diurnal. By comparison, for a new Catholic, the Benedictine Daily Prayer is much easier although still difficult.