Theologian Maxwell Johnson edits new prayer book

Author: Arts and Letters


“Benedictine Daily Prayer: A Short Breviary,” edited by Maxwell E. Johnson, professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, has been published by Liturgical Press.

A compendium of the prayers, hymns and scriptural readings whose pattern has become traditional in the Church, the breviary includes the monastic calendar, traditional Benedictine prayers, the readings for Sunday and weekday liturgies, the Ordinary Liturgy of the Hours, and the weekly Psalter, as well as the readings for the liturgies of Advent, Christmas, Lent, the Triduum, Easter, and Pentecost.

According to a review by theologian Esther de Waal, Johnson has edited “a rich source book which will be warmly welcomed by the steadily growing number of people of all denominations who pray the daily monastic office or offices. Beautifully and clearly set out, it is easy to use through days and seasons. Here is a compilation for which many will be extremely grateful.”

Johnson is an oblate of Saint John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minn., and an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. His research, writing and teaching largely concern the origins and development of early Christian liturgy and the history and theology of the rites of Christian initiation. He is the recipient of the Paul R. Fenlon Award for Teaching from Sorin Hall and the Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award from the Notre Dame Alumni Association.

Contact: Professor Johnson at 574-631-4118 or

Originally published by Michael O. Garvey at on September 02, 2005.