Breviary report: Anyone know how the heck to use this thing?

Ok, so this is sort of an embarrassing question, but does anyone know how a breviary is supposed to work? It’s been a few months since I started carrying around this thing trying to impress a girl, and I’m no closer to understanding what to do with it. For starters, can anyone tell me what the different color books mean? One’s green, one’s brown, and sometimes I see people with gold! And don’t even get me started on those ribbons.

Where do I place them? That thing called the “Ordinary” doesn’t seem too important, but turns out it gets used all the time! And don’t even ask me what “Proper” means anymore. Ugh. So anyway, if you have any idea how to use this thing, please send your tips and instructions to me at:

USA East Province of the Society of Jesus
39 East 83 Street
New York, NY 10028

Originally published Dec 17, 2020