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The Little Office of Our Lady

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Alternate Offices

While the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula seeks firstly to encourage the recitation of the Church's Official Prayer, the Divine Office contained in the Roman Breviary, we understand the demands of daily life to which our Oblates are subject, and permit for that reason the recitation of other shorter forms of liturgical prayer.  Chief among these is the Little Office of Our Lady,   Others include the Office of the Dead, and the Offices of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula.

Office of the Dead

The second form of liturgical prayer contained in the Roman Breviary is the Office of the Dead, which is recited for the benefit of the Faithful Departed.  It is said in its entirety on All Souls Day as part of the Roman Office, and may be attached by priests to their daily Breviary recitation whenever their time permits.

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Offices of the Guild

For those whose schedule does not permit the alternative offices contained in the Roman Breviary, the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula has provided two more abbreviated forms of liturgical prayer for her Oblates. Both the Little Office of St. Peter ad Vincula and the even briefer Short Office of St. Peter ad Vincula are included in the Handbook for Oblates published by the Guild and available at our online bookstore.

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The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a shorter form of the Divine Office in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It 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.

Through its psalms, antiphons, readings, responsorials, and 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 for us all; and how Our Lord granted her the first fruits of the general resurrection in her holy and glorious assumption.

All Catholics are called to a consistent prayer life. For those who do not feel called to recite the Divine Office, but still wish to participate in the liturgical prayer of the Church, or for those who have a particular devotion to the holy Mother of God, there is no finer form of prayer than the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
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.
  • Uncontaminated by the reforms of the freemasons in the 1950s and 60s
  • Preface by Fr. Lasance
  • In Latin and English
  • Psalms from the Vulgate (traditional psalter)
  • Hard cover


The Little Office Online

The Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula provides the Little Office of Our Lady as part of its subscription program for the Roman Breviary Online.  This added bonus has no additional charges, and contains the same quality of English translation in the same format as the rest of the website.  To view the Little Office Online, click on the following link, then login to your account and follow the blue link button marked "Little Office of BVM" on your Contents Page.  If you are not yet subscribed, you should first link from the Login Page to the Registration Page.

Little Office of Our Lady Online


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