The official prayers of the Church are far better than any private prayers, being part of the endless round of prayer which the Church, the Bride of Christ, continually raises to the Almighty. The most fundamental and efficacious offering is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, followed by the Divine Office which is recited by priests every day in the breviary.
For those faithful who wish to make use of a great means of sanctification and participate in the liturgical Office of the Church, but are restrained by time and unable to recite the full Office every day, the Church offers The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Importantly, The Little Office suffices as a replacement of the full Office in order to gain the Sabbatine Privilege offered by Heaven to those wearing the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel..
The popular Carmel Books edition of The Little Office, newly re-printed in conjunction with SGET, was first published in 1914 and is reprinted from the original without alteration, and is “Fully Explained and Annotated by A Master of Novices”.
Origin and History of The Office
Why The Office is in Seven Hours
Attention and Intentions
Composition of The Office
The “Gloria Patri”
Prayers Before and After
Little Hours Prime
Little Hours Terce
Little Hours Sext
Little Hours None
Anthems of the Blessed Virgin
Hardback. Pocket size – 4″ x 6″. Cloth cover. 200 pp.
It is available within the U.K. from The Saint George Educational Trust for £25.00 including postage and packing. Please send cheques/postal orders made payable to ‘The Saint George Educational Trust’ to: SGET, 225 Andover House, George Yard, Andover, Hampshire, SP10 1PB.