NYC, what hours does your diurnal have?
I think all diurnals, by definition, have all hours complete, except Matins.
Really? I thought that they just had Lauds, Vespers and Compline.
I don't mind doing matins on the computer, but I'm sick of doing all the other hours on the computer. Can you tell me what diurnal you have?
The reason they have all the day hours is, I believe, for the convenience of apostolic religious. You are never (on the traditional schedule) going to say Matins apart from your community or wherever you are residing, but with a diurnal on hand (which is one volume for the whole year, no switching tomes) you can fulfil your obligation to recite the other hours while you are on assignment at a university or hospital or parish duties.
Because of price and time and the fact that laypeople are not bound to Matins, it becomes a nice alternative to the full office for laypeople.
I have this one: http://pcpbooks.net/product.php?id_product=55665
Very reasonably priced, good reprint. But I'm getting the Baronius breviary for the reasons I mentions.
The diurnal above btw is:
-Lauds, Prime, Terce, Sext, None, Vespers, Compline
-Gallican Psalter (Vulgate)
-Good appendices but mostly for priests (formulas for sacraments in extremis, preparation for Mass, common rituals for blessings, and so on.
-Has office of the dead and of the BVM (but not Matins for those either).
-Completely in Latin