A MODERN TRANSLATION OF THE

RATIONALE DIVINORUM OFFICIORUM

The RATIONALE DIVINORUM OFFICIORUM (Rationale for the Divine Offices) was written by Guillaume Durandus (William Durand), Bishop of Mende, in the latter part of the 13th century. Durandus was a well-respected French canonist and liturgical writer who spent much time at the pontifical court. He attended the Second Council of Lyons with Pope Gregory X and assisted in the drawing up of its resolutions.

From the time of publication this work has been highly esteemed. Today it is regarded as the primary authority on liturgy yet, in spite of this, the complete work consisting of eight books, is only now becoming available to the English reader.

 

Translated by Janet Gentles, with Prefaces for each volume by Rev. Dr. David Kuck, An ordained Lutheran minister who earned a Ph.D. from Yale University in New Testament Studies

 

Our publication consists of six volumes with a seventh containing the indices. 

 

'This modern translation of the Rationale Divinorum Officiorum will be a valuable resource for monastic establishments, cathedrals and all institutions where the Office is celebrated. There is a wealth of richness in this work and so few people are exposed to the Office in all its glory.'

 

Mary Luke, CHC

Mother Superior

Community of the Holy Cross

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RATIONALE DIVINORUM OFFICIORUM, VOL. I

 

Author’s Preface

Book I - The Church and its Parts

In his Preface Durandus points to the importance of the clergy having a sound understanding of the Offices and explains the various levels of spiritual interpretation the work presents.

RATIONALE DIVINORUM OFFICIORUM, VOL. II

 

Book II - Ministers, ecclesiastical dignities and their duties

Book III - The Sacred Vestments

In Book Two the ten ministries are examined. Book Three explains the vestments of priests, bishops and other officials. 

RATIONALE DIVINORUM OFFICIORUM, VOL. III

 

Book IV - The Mass and its Mysteries

Over fifty-nine chapters the Mass and all which occurs during it is examined in great detail.

RATIONALE DIVINORUM OFFICIORUM, VOL. IV

 

Book V -The Divine Offices

Examines the Canonical Hours observed within monastic communities

RATIONALE DIVINORUM OFFICIORUM, VOL. V

 

Book VI - The Liturgical Year

Through one hundred and forty-three chapters Durandus carries his readers through the liturgical year.

RATIONALE DIVINORUM OFFICIORUM, VOL. VI

 

Book VII - The Festivals of Saints

Book VIII - Computation and the Calendar

Book Seven presents a number of holy days and solemn feast days.  

Book Eight provides instruction of the calendar.

RATIONALE DIVINORUM OFFICIORUM, VOL. VII

 

The Indices

List of chapters with book and page numbers.

Summaries of the nearly 3,000 paragraphs the work contains.

Find out more about the RATIONALE DIVINORUM OFFICIORUM on these pages:

 

I INVITE YOU ON A JOURNEY

Join me on a journey into the past. As we step back through time the centuries roll away. We pass the Reformation and eventually find ourselves in the 13th century. (more)

UNDERSTANDING THE RATIONALE AND ITS SIGNIFICANCE

The RATIONALE DIVINORUM OFFICIORUM is a very large and important work which can be approached in several different ways. It is therefore useful to consider the nature of this work, its structure and its importance for Christians today. (more)

THE CELEBRANT INCENSES THE ALTAR (Rationale Book IV, Chapter 10)

1. The kiss of peace given, the bishop or the priest, receiving the censer from the hands of the deacon, incenses the consecrated altar, because Christ, who took a body by the generation of the prophets, (more

OF THE FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT, OR THE SUNDAY OF THE PASSION

(Rationale, Book VI, Chapter 60)

1. Then follows the Sunday of the Passion of the Lord, or of the Cross. Now, the Sunday of the Passion begins at the end of Saturday, that is to say at the Vespers which precede the day of this Sunday, because, Lazarus (more)

FULL LIST OF RATIONALE CHAPTER TITLES

 

 

 

  

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