WOW! Cool! OCD Propers!!

A big discussion among Carmelites is the accessibility of Carmelite Propers for the Liturgy of the Hours.

The most recently published edition was done in the 1990s in England. It uses translations that are approved for use in England, but not approved in the US, so, *technically*, it doesn’t apply for people in the US to satisfy our obligation, but many of us use it anyway. In any case, the problem with the “little black book” is that it’s yet another prayer book to keep track of.

It’s cool, though: it has the special prayers (technically called Propers) for the Liturgy of the Hours for all canonized or beatified members of the Brotherhood of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, regardless of whether they’re “old observance,” Discalced, or some other branch. It has collects and Office of Readings readings for the saints and Blesseds who are not on the General Roman Calendar, and it has spewebcial antiphons and readings for days that are solemnities on the Carmelite Calendar, such as John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, All Carmelite Saints and Elijah the Prophet.

It also has a wonderful collection of Carmelite prayers and hymns.

But, as I say, it’s hard to keep track of. I was in the middle of searching for it to celebrate the Solemnity of Our Holy Father, St. John of the Cross, when I thought to look it up online.

Well, I found this edition, dated 2007, in PDF, posted on the website of an OCDS community. It doesn’t seem to have all the extras of the “little black book,” but it seems to have the same saints, only the texts are the correct translations for use in liturgies in the United States.


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