Since it is a bank holiday today, and there was no point in going anywhere (Monday is usually my day off) because everywhere is busy with mothers and children (Pizza Hut especially!) I decided to try my hand at the 1962 Latin Office - not that I have the books (I doubt that I could afford them). I am using the itouch app. It is very good. However the Office is VERY long - I was amazed at just how much more involved it is than the modern Prayer of the Church. Because I only began it today, I had to say Matins fairly early, but had to break off to get the altar ready for Mass. I finished it before Mass but it took me well over an hour (my Latin is not so good and
I wanted to pray the Office not just say it). I prayed Lauds after Mass. That took me another 40 minutes. I have been struggling through it all day but am determined to persevere to the point of anticipating Matins for tomorrow. I suppose it will get easier as I go along. Maybe some wealthy person will help me with the books when they are printed (Baronius Press Latin/English Breviary).
Why am I even bothering? Well, I wanted to try it out, but in spite of the time it has taken (and will take in the future) I have found it very prayerful, and I have been surprised at what was removed when the Breviary was renewed. I am not saying the 1962 version is perfect - far from it; it needs revision, but I am thinking that the normal Office as we have it now - as it was renewed in the 70s, is not good enough. There are some important prayers missing, and saying the 1962 version has made me a little bit more conscious of my priestly duty to pray for others (I mean as an official pray-er of the Church).