Catholic Encyclopedia – Benedictine Rite


The only important rite peculiar to the Benedictine Order is the Benedictine Breviary (Breviarium Monasticum). Saint Benedict devotes thirteen chapters (viii-xx), of his rule to regulating the canonical hours for his monks, and the Benedictine Breviary is the outcome of this regulation. It is used not only by the so-called Black Benedictines, but also by the Cistercians, Olivetans, and all those orders that have the Rule of Saint Benedict as their basis. The Benedictines are not at liberty to substitute the Roman for the Monastic Breviary; by using the Roman Breviary they would not satisfy their obligation of saying the Divine Office. Each congregation of Benedictines has its own ecclesiastical calendar.

MLA Citation

  • Michael Ott. “Benedictine Rite”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. CatholicSaints.Info. 20 June 2012. Web. 11 May 2021. <>