The Little Office of Baltimore: A Traditional Office for American Laity

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The Baltimore Catechism formed generations of Catholics and provided a solid foundation in the faith for millions. In recent decades, it has enjoyed a renaissance among traditional-minded Catholics, yet few know that the Plenary Council which produced it, the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore, also produced a manual of prayers (Imprimatur 1888).

This present volume, based on the prayers in that manual, bears the newly-coined name Little Office of Baltimore. With its peculiarly and unmistakable American pedigree, coupled with the fact that it preceded the extensive changes to the Divine Office that occurred throughout the 20th century, it is sure to be welcomed by today’s more traditional-minded English-speaking laity as well as those interested in historical Catholicism.

It condenses the much larger edition of The Office of Baltimore into a beautiful, compact prayerbook to take with you throughout the day. Containing prayers for the traditional hours as well as the saints, the Blessed Mother, and Psalms for various occasions, this edition will quickly become your daily prayerbook. It is the perfect gift for someone who has just entered the Church or has received Confirmation.

The Little Office of Baltimore especially appeals to today’s more traditional-minded English-speaking laity and those interested in historical Catholicism.

It retains a strong connection to the traditional Roman office which can be traced back, in its essentials, to Saint Benedict. Relying principally on the prayers found in the manual, when necessary the compiler supplemented with material gleaned from the English translation of the Roman breviary by the Marquis de Bute (Imprimatur 1903).

The result is a beautiful new resource for those seeking to deepen their prayer lives or just a greater connection to Traditional American Catholicism.


Claudio Salvucci
Publication Date:
May 11th, 2021

12 Reviews

  • 5

    Posted by Steven McEvoy on Dec 26th 2023

    Wow this is an amazing little book. It is so good I now have both the Leather edition and the eBook.…

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  • 5
    Baltimore book

    Posted by Robert C. on Jun 16th 2023

    I grew up with this book many years ago and lost track of my copy. Not sure if I lost it but was so …

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  • 5
    The Little Office of Baltimore

    Posted by Joey on Jun 9th 2023

    This was a great book, helps much with prayer , though I will say it can be overwhelming at first bu…

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  • 5
    The Little Office of Baltimore

    Posted by Patricia Whittier on Jun 7th 2023

    This beautiful little book is an answer to a prayer:”…an easier way to respond to those moments of g…

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  • 4
    A treasure in my library

    Posted by Lucienne on Jun 7th 2023

    This little office of Baltimore is a treasure to have in my library with the traditional prayers I n…

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  • 5
    The Little Office of Baltimore

    Posted by John on Jun 7th 2023

    It provides a treasure of stability and prayerful support.

  • 5
    The little office of Baltimore

    Posted by Jeanice Domec on Jun 4th 2023

    This is a beautiful devotional book kept near for frequent use . Grateful for this resource?

  • 5
    The Little Office of Baltimore Office for the Laity

    Posted by Eva W on Jun 4th 2023

    This is a wonderful prayer book. I ordered 2 more to give as gifts.

  • 5
    This book is fascinating

    Posted by CAREN CAMERON on Jun 4th 2023

    Each book I purchase through Tan books is a wonderful addition to the new Catholic library I am buil…

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