“Cathedral” or “Monastic?” (or: Of Studies, Liturgical, Part V)

Comprehensive exams are just around the corner! In the next few weeks, I’ll be wrapping up my reading, and posting the remaining topics for your perusal.

TOPIC 4 (Liturgical Prayer [Daily Office]; Early Liturgy):
“Cathedral” and “Monastic” in the Early Office: State of the Question

In the early development of Christian daily prayer, scholars have distinguished two types of officia, the so-called “cathedral” or popular office and the “monastic” office, each with its distinguishing features and underlying spirituality. This topic explores the status quaestionis on the usefulness of the cathedral/monastic distinction in light of what is known of the early office today.

Bradshaw, Paul F. “Cathedral and Monastic: What’s In A Name?” Worship 77 (2003): 341-353.

_____. Daily Prayer in the Early Church: A Study of the Origin and Early Development of the Divine Office. Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock (reprint), 2008.

_____. Reconstructing Early Christian Worship, 101-144. London: SPCK, 2009.

_____.Two Ways of Praying.Maryville, TN: OSL Publications, 2008.

Frøyshov, Stig R. “The cathedral-monastic distinction revisited. Part I, Was Egyptian desert liturgy a pure monastic office?” Studia Liturgica 37 (2007): 198-216.

Guiver, George. Company of Voices: Daily Prayer and the People of God, revised edn., 49-146. Norwich: Canterbury Press, 2001.

Mateos, Juan. “The Morning and Evening Office.” Worship 42 (1968): 31-47.

_____. “The Origins of the Divine Office.” Worship 41 (1967): 477-485.

Taft, Robert F., SJ. The Liturgy of the Hours in East and West: The Origins of the Divine Office and its Meaning for Today, second/revised edn., 3-209. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 1993.

Winkler, Gabriele. “New study of early development of the divine office.” Worship 56 (1982): 27-35.

Woolfenden, Gregory W. Daily Liturgical Prayer: Origins and Theology. Burlington, VT: Ashgate: 2004.


Previous posts in this series:
Of Studies, Liturgical, Part IV
Of Studies, Liturgical, Part III
Of Studies, Liturgical, Part II
Of Studies, Liturgical






2 responses to ““Cathedral” or “Monastic?” (or: Of Studies, Liturgical, Part V)”

  1. Jordan Zarembo Avatar
    Jordan Zarembo

    Thank you again Fr. Cody for sharing your bibliographies. I’ve bookmarked all your progress reports along the way. I write my major comp in less than a week (next Thursday), so to be honest I am drained of all concentration. Perhaps over the summer I can regain the ability to think critically.

    Best of luck as you prepare to write soon.

  2. Stephen Manning Avatar
    Stephen Manning

    Twas one of the great missed opportunities of Vatican II that it did not set up a process to create a “cathedral” style Roman rite Office, –Lauds, Vespers, and Compline–in a single volume! for parishes, apostolic religious congregations and families.

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