Saturday, 11 July 2015
The Daily Office SSF
The Daily Office SSF, 2010 Mowbray, London
This breviary is an adaptation of Common Worship: Daily Prayer for Anglican Franciscans. It thus represents a more Anglo-Catholic version of the Common Worship breviary. It therefore brings that element which is so lacking in the Anglican liturgy, namely Marian elements. It includes the Angelus to say before beginning the office and the Marian antiphons to say after compline.
The great advantage of Daily Prayer is its user-friendliness and this adapted version is even more user-friendly. The daily office for each day of the week also double up as seasonal offices, hence the office for Friday forms the daily office for Lent and the office for Sunday forms the office for Eastertide. This makes for a lighter volume, as well as ease of use. It also contains a more comprehensive table of Psalms than Daily Prayer.
I prefer liturgy in traditional language, but I nevertheless think this is a fantastic breviary. It manages to combine the spiritual richness of CW: Daily Prayer with Anglo-Catholic devotion and Franciscan spirituality, as well as making a user-friendly prayer book even more user-friendly. Catholic publishers could learn so much from this prayer book.