Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Daily Divine Service Book Housekeeping

Getting DDSB to Lie Flat

I've received a few emails asking, "Is there anyway to get my DDSB to lie flat on a missal stand or lectern?" The answer, for the hardcover edition, is yes. And this is a tip that is good for any perfect bound hardcover book. Open the book to the middle, turn ten pages forward and firmly and smoothly crease the fold. You don't want to cause a break in the glue that adheres the pages to the binding fabric - you just want to loosen it and increase its ductility. Continue doing this every ten pages until you reach the end of the book. Then, go back to the middle and follow the same procedure toward the front of the book - creasing every ten pages. This will take you maybe ten minutes and works like a charm. If you repeat the process after a couple days and let the book lie open while you are not using it, you will notice that the book gets even easier to use. I can now flip mine to any page and with a quick pass of my hand down the middle as I turn there, the book will lie flat - or, in early Advent, flat enough to use.

Open Flat: Divine Service Against the Heathen

Open Flat Enough: Ad Te Levavi


So far I know of only one major erratum that escaped the notice of my proofreading team, and as soon as I learned of it, I fixed it (the miracle of print on demand!): what should be an Exodus reading in the Easter Vigil service is actually from Isaiah (pp. 234-35). If you find that you have a copy that was printed before the error was discovered, you may go here and download a properly sized file that will allow you to print out the correct reading and paste it in the back of the volume, or even over top of the mistaken lesson on pp. 234-35 if you wish. I do apologize for the error.

The only other errata that you might want to fix with a pencil if you bought the book very early on have to do with page numbers. Throughout Lent, many of the propers refer back to the Tract for Ash Wednesday - in early copies, this was mistakenly listed as p. 104, it is actually on p. 102. Likewise at the General Prayer in the Ordinary, reference is made to using collects on p. 224ff - those collects actually begin on p. 222.



  1. Just out of curiosity, why isn't the Divine Service itself at the very beginning of the book? That would have been a more logical layout to me.

  2. Fr. Klages,

    While there is a certain logic to putting the DS first, the logistics of the use of missals indicate that the DS should be in the middle. That is, the middle opens most easily and so should be the part that is used most often. All of the missals that I looked at in preparation for this volume likewise had the ordinary in the center and it seemed to work well for me in practice.


  3. Very minor erratum: p.7 under "Biblical Translation," the quotation from the Brotherhood Prayer Book. "...No matter what version we would choose, on one knows..."

    And just a question: From where is your list of Hymns of the Day taken? Invocabit has "God the Father, Be Our Stay," which includes final "Hallelujah!" Or are the Alleluias not omitted in the hymns in Lent? Just curious. It's not a big deal, and the hymn fits the day quite well.

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  5. I believe on p. 456 it should say Nursia instead of Nursai.


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