Its Sources and History
Dom Jules Baudot
Benedictine of Farnborough
Translated from the French by
A Priest of the Diocese of
17 South Broadway, St Louis, MO.
Catholic Truth Society
69 Southwark Bridge Road, London, S.E.
Fr. Fernand Cabrol
Abbé de Farnborough
Die 31 Mar. 1909
- Translator’s Preface
- Part I—The Patristic Period
- The Ante-Nicene Epoch
The Apostolic Church—The Second and Third
Centuries—The Commencement of the Third Century—The
Liturgcial Year in this Period
- The Post-Nicene Epoch
The influence of the Monks upon the Development
of the Divine Office—The Divine Office in the East
and West—Outline of the Evidence furnished by the
- Part II—The Middle Ages
- The Formation of the Breviary in its Early Stages
From St. Gregory the Great to Charlemagne.
- Section 1. St. Gregory the Great—The Romman Office
at St. Gregory’s Accession—St. Gregory’s labours in the
Domain of Liturgy.
- Section 2. Diffusion of the Roman Office after St.
- Section 3. Development of the Office and Formation
of the Roman Breviary—The Structure of the Office and
the Distribution of the Psalms—The Lections from Holy
Scripture and from other Sources—Festivals and the
- Section 4. Some Peculiarities in the Office.
- From Charlemagne to the End of the Fourtheenth Century
- Section 1. Alterations in the Roman Breviary during
the Ninth and Tenth Centuries—The Transformation of
the Responsory—Modifications of the System of Lections—Additional
- Section 2. The Divine Office from St. Gregory VII. to
Innocent III.—The Roman Office realy has a History
during this Period.
- Section 3. The Roman Breviary in the Thirteenth
and Fourteenth Centuries—History of its Formation—The
Breviary in the Thirteenth Century—The
Roman Breviary from the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries.
- The Roman Breviary from the End of the Fourteenth Century to the Middle of the Sixteenth
- Section 1. The Effects of the Great Schism.
- Section 2. Attempts at Reform before the Council of
Trent—Efforts made by the Popes‐Individual Efforts—Cardinal
Quignonez and the Breviarium Sanctæ Crucis.
- Part III—The Modern Period
- The Council of Trent and the Breviary of St. Pius V
- Section 1. Preparation for the Reform of the Breviary—The
Theatines and Caraffa—The Council of Trent.
- Section 2. The Reform of the Breviary carried out—The
Roman Commission and its Labours—The Publication
of the New Breviary—The Reception accorded to
the New Breviary.
- The Roman Breviary from St. Pius V. to the End of the Eighteenth Century
- Section 1. Alterations effected by the Popes in the
Roman Breviary at the End of the Sixteenth and during
the Seventeenth Centuries—Changes in Matters of Detail
and immediately after St. Pius V.—Under Sixtus V. and
Gregory XIV.—The Work of Clement VIII.—Changes
made by Urban VIII.—The Successors of Urban VIII.
to the End of the Seventeenth Century.
- Section 2. Liturgical Developments outside Rome,
and especially in France.
- Section 3. Attempt at Reform of the Roman Breviary
under Benedict XIV.
- The Roman Breviary in the Nineteenth Century
- Section 1. The Period after the Death of Benedict
- Section 2. Attempts at Reform in the Nineteenth
Century, and especially at the Vatican Council.
- Section 3. Additions and Alterations under Pius IX.
and Leo XIII.
13 Dec 2021: Part II-Chapter 2-Section 1;
The Roman Breviary from the End of the Fourteenth Century to the Middle of the Sixteenth;
Part III—The Modern Period;
12 Dec 2021: Part II-Chapter 1-Section 1;
18 May 2019: Translator’s Preface;
Part I—The Patristic Period;
The Ante-Nicene Epoch;
The Post-Nicene Epoch.
This online edition is based on the original print edition, published in 1909.
Dom Jules Léon Baudot was born in 1857 and died in 1929.
Online Edition Copyright David M. Cheney, 2021.