The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a shorter form of the Divine Office in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Through its psalms, antiphons, readings, responsorials & prayers the Little Office stresses the role Our Lady played in salvation history, and how through her fiat the divine Word took flesh in her womb and achieved salvation.
The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary has long been the Church's daily liturgical prayer to Our Lady, and these hours of praise have been used by Priests, religious and the laity throughout the centuries. Lay people used to flock to the great Cathedrals to publicly recite The Little Office during the Middle Ages, and during the great persecution, when the practice of the Catholic Faith was illegal in Great Britain, Bishop Challoner commended The Little Office to his flock. Features include: Based on an edition published just after the Reform Act in 1850 (allowing English Catholics to openly practice the Faith); English translation uses traditional language – with scripture taken from Bishop Challoner's version of the Douay-Rheims Bible; Fully updated to comply with the editio typica of the Breviary (1961) permitted by the Holy Father's Motu Proprio 'Summorum Pontificum'; The first ever edition to include the complete Gregorian chants for the Little Office; Meditations before each hour from the mediaeval Mirror of Our Lady; Preface by the Very Reverend Fr. Berg, superior of the FSSP; Latin-English, red and black text; Psalms from the Vulgate; Flexible leather cover with stitched edge, gold gilding and 2 ribbons.