The Saint Helena Breviary and Saint Helena Psalter

Cover of the Saint Helena Breviary: Monastic Edition

Cover of the Breviary

The Saint Helena Breviary: Monastic Edition reflects years of work by the sisters of the Order of St. Helena in revising the language of our breviary for inclusive and expansive language. The Monastic Edition is the same edition in use in the convent of the Order of St. Helena. It contains the complete breviary with music and a guide to saying and chanting the Daily Office. There is a fixed Office for each day of the week, on a two-week cycle, including the antiphons, canticles, hymns and psalms appointed for each day, as well as for feast and saints' days and for liturgical seasons.

The Saint Helena Breviary: Monastic Edition is now available on CD in PDF (Portable Document Format). In appreciation for a DONATION of $25 or more, we will send you a copy as a gift. (The Monastic Edition is no longer available in print.)

By request, we are now making available online the "Office Guides" for using the Saint Helena Breviary. To view a guide, click on one of the links below. (These files are in PDF, and to view them you will need to have the Adobe Acrobat reader installed on your computer.)

Week of Nov 27, 2016 - Advent 1
Week of Dec 4, 2016 - Advent 2
Week of Dec 11, 2016 - Advent 3
Week of Dec 18, 2016 - Advent 4
Week of Dec 25, 2016 - Christmas Day
Week of Jan 1, 2017 - Holy Name
Week of Jan 8, 2017 - Epiphany 1: Baptism of Jesus
Week of Jan 15, 2017 - Epiphany 2
Week of Jan 22, 2017 - Epiphany 3
Week of Jan 29, 2017 - Epiphany 4
Week of Feb 5, 2017 - Epiphany 5
Week of Feb 12, 2017 - Epiphany 6
Week of Feb 19, 2017 - Epiphany 7
Week of Feb 26, 2017 - Last Epiphany
Week of Mar 5, 2017 - Lent 1
Week of Mar 12, 2017 - Lent 2
Week of Mar 19, 2017 - Lent 3
Week of Mar 26, 2017 - Lent 4
Week of Apr 2, 2017 - Lent 5
Week of Apr 9, 2017 - Palm Sunday and Holy Week
Week of Apr 16, 2017 - Easter
Week of Apr 23, 2017 - Easter 2
Week of Apr 30, 2017 - Easter 3
Week of May 7, 2017 - Easter 4
Week of May 14, 2017 - Easter 5
Week of May 21, 2017 - Easter 6 and Ascension Day
Week of May 28, 2017 - Easter 7

Recordings of the Daily Office, in our chapel. These recordings are not "professional", but are our real times of prayer:

Compline, Friday, week 1

Compline, Saturday, week 2

An audio recording of our chanting of the Great "O" Antiphon, O Virgin of virgins, in our chapel in Augusta GA.

Preface to the Monastic Edition, by The Rt. Rev. Stephen Charleston.

"The Birth of a Breviary", by Sr. Cintra Pemberton.

Review of the Saint Helena Breviary in Episcopal Life.

Reader comments:

"Thank you so much for the beautiful icon cards. They are lovely and will be perfect to include with the psalters I plan to give to friends.... I know that both of them will appreciate the St. Helena Psalter as much as I do."

"I started praying the hours using Phyllis Tickle's books and found that very enriching. I found out about the St. Helena Psalter through the website I ordered the Breviary because I wanted to read the non-sexist language of your services. THANK YOU to you and all the sisters who worked on these projects--it is so meaningful to me to have the language just flow."

The Saint Helena Psalter is available for purchase at our convent for $20. To purchase by mail, please send a check for $25 (including $5 for shipping) to:

Office Manager
Convent of Saint Helena
3042 Eagle Drive
Augusta GA 30906

Please include your mailing address, email address and phone number with the order. The Saint Helena Psalter may also be purchased online from the publisher: Church Publishing, or by calling Church Publishing: 800-242-1918, and from

The Saint Helena Breviary: Personal Edition is a somewhat abridged edition which does not contain the music or seasonal antiphons that are included in the Monastic Edition. The Personal Edition is set up in the same way as the Offices in the Book of Common Prayer and the Psalter is presented in numerical order at the back of the book. The appointed lectionary is also printed in the back of the book.

The antiphons for the saints in Common 2 were unfortunately omitted from the Saint Helena Breviary: Personal Edition. These antiphons are available here to print or download in PDF format.

To purchase by mail, please send a check for $58 (including $8 for shipping) to our convent in North Augusta SC, and please include your mailing address, email address and phone number with the order. The Saint Helena Breviary: Personal Edition may also be purchased directly from the publisher online: Church Publishing or by calling Church Publishing 800-242-1918, and from

Updated: February 6, 2017