Divine Office 2 App for iOS is $14.99 only two more days!

Monica on December 6th, 2014 | no comments yet

Divine Office 2 App will be $14.99 only two more days. It may be an opportunity to give this gift of prayer to all your loved ones at a discount price.

We feel thankful for each and everyone of you praying with us, for all the support we have received from you since we lunched the Divine Office 2 App, for all your wonderful reviews. Finally, but most important of all, thank you for your help with our mission of gathering more people in praying the Liturgy of the Hours.

We wish everyone a Blessed Holy Advent Season and God’s Peace Be With You,
The Team at Divine Office

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The Bundle Upgrade to the Divine Office 2 is now in Store!

Monica on December 5th, 2014 | no comments yet

Dear Community,

The bundle upgrade to the Divine Office 2 app is now available in store! This message concerns all of our community members using the old Divine Office app, that have iOS 7 and later, that need the maintenance support and added features:
*iPhone 5, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, iPad Mini, iPad Air
*Enhanced playback controls including skip forward/backward
*Playback speeds 1x, 1.3x, 1.6x, and 2x
*Audio downloads from 0 to 21 days
*Airplay support
*Easy scrolling date picker
*Liturgical calendar
*Performance improvements

The ever changing world of technology made this upgrade not only useful but, most importantly, necessary. The old Divine Office app will continue to operate until Apple changes something that will, eventually, break it. This should still give it a year to several years of useful life but, please keep in mind, the app will not be actively maintained. The way it was written years ago, makes it now, unfortunately, in need of this upgrade, that will allow us to prevent the obsoleteness of the Divine Office app.

Please rest assured, our efforts will focus on the Divine Office 2 app, which will be under active development and will continue to be enhanced and adapted to new Apple devices and operating systems.

For existing users of Divine Office you can purchase the update for $5. Here is the Divine Office 2 Update bundle. And a quick video on how to get the $5 upgrade price.

The Divine Office team is committed to this work in all its aspects. From its technical and technological issues, to constantly producing new audio and text content for each liturgical year, from the implementation of new ideas and suggestions from our community members, to our mission of gathering more people in praying the Liturgy of the Hours and all the challenges that come with that mission. We ask for your support in spreading the word and feel blessed for your loyalty to the prayer. A loyalty that feeds our hope that, even with all our faults and imperfections, through all our efforts the Divine Office will continue to be for many years to come.

May God’s blessings and grace will be with you and your family this Advent and Christmas season from the Divine Office Family to yours.

God’s Peace be with you,
The Team at Divine Office

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Divine Office 2 App for iOS is now in Store!

Monica on November 27th, 2014 | no comments yet

Dear Community,

May you have a Blessed Thanksgiving Day! We feel thankful for each and everyone of you praying with us! And so, our joy is even greater, for we are able to announce, after 18 months of work, that our new iOS app, Divine Office 2, is now available for purchase in the iTunes App Store.

Divine Office 2
Our app is today and on Black Friday through 1st Week of Advent at a special price so that you can gift liturgical prayer to friends and family, to all of those you may feel to offer this gift of prayer.

The original Divine Office app for iOS was created and released about three years ago when the prayer community was much smaller. Now we number in the hundreds of thousands all praying together through our web site, radio stations, podcasts, and mobile apps running on Apple and Android devices. (Android users don’t fret, we will have a major upgrade available for you in just a few short months.)

Our new app, Divine Office 2, for iOS is now available in the iTunes App Store. There are too many features to mention, but here are a few highlights:

*iPhone 5, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, iPad Mini, iPad Air
*Enhanced playback controls including skip forward/backward
*Playback speeds 1x, 1.3x, 1.6x, and 2x
*Audio downloads from 0 to 21 days
*Airplay support
*Easy scrolling date picker
*Liturgical calendar
*Performance improvements
*Bug fixes

We made efforts to implement your suggestions regarding the audio content and the functionality of our app. We added new voices for the recitation of the psalms and scripture and support for iPhone 5, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, iPad Air and iPad Mini display. The best of the old plus the new features based upon your feedback and reviews have all been factored into our new app. The Divine Office 2 App is designed to make praying even more convenient, enjoyable, and simple enough for anyone to use, but don’t take our word for it, here is what others are saying:

“There is positively no need to waste time with words. This is simply the best app there is. Simply outstanding. Let me repeat “Simply Outstanding.” by Anthony Sep 15, 2014

“Recommended by our parish priest…” by Rosettegcb on Aug 28, 2014

“A Gift, daily it continues to give and bless..” by Chasw.hal on Aug 20, 2014

“I found this software extraordinary. It brings prayer home & creates a true sense of universality in prayer…” by Ahims Ovie on Aug 15, 2014

“Outstanding app. Very user friendly. Allows me to pray on the go. Highly recommend it.” by Barbara Rado on Aug 9, 2014

“Excellent — As laity I find this app perfect for learning the daily prayers. The notes on ribon placement are great. Perfect companion to pray while commuting…” by bernie5412 on Aug 9, 2014

“Wonderful — It’s great to be able to take the divine office with me wherever I go: on the shuttle ride across campus, at work, studying in the library, anywhere. A great way to keep a daily prayer life strong.” by Branson Shaffer on Aug 4, 2014

As we prepare for Advent in anticipation of the Christmas Season, let us remember St. Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “pray without ceasing,” by which he intends, more than simply, bowing our heads and speaking to God on a regular basis. He means for us to adopt an ongoing attitude of prayer that is a way of life and a constant intercession for the salvation of all mankind. In this way, prayers become liturgy, a way to fulfill our divine calling and a practical approach for addressing the suffering of the world. The Divine Office 2 App is such an opportunity to participate in the recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours, an ancient and meditative collection of psalms, hymns and scripture that represent the public prayer of the Christian community several times through the day.

If you are unable to pray in community, but love the contentment of praying with others, the Divine Office 2 App lets you view locations where other Christians around the world are simultaneously praying with you and automatically downloads up to 21 days of content and each day includes the following:
* About Today
* Invitatory
* Office of Readings
* Morning Prayer
* Midmorning Prayer
* Midday Prayer
* Midafternoon Prayer
* Evening Prayer
* Night Prayer

This version is the official prayer book of the Catholic Church, however, it is suitable for all Christian faith traditions. It contains the official text and audio of daily prayers from the Liturgy of the Hours of the Roman Catholic Church (Breviary). It automatically downloads the appropriate prayers for each office, every day of the year, including Solemnities, Feasts, and Memorials.

Divine Office Upgrade bundle
If you already own the Divine Office iOS app then special upgrade pricing will be available over the next 4 weeks, starting early December. Please claim your upgrade pricing by purchasing the Divine Office upgrade bundle. We will announce on every channel as soon as the upgrade is approved.

We pray God’s blessings and grace will be with you and your family this Advent and Christmas Season, from the Divine Office Family to yours.

God’s Peace Be With You,
The Team at Divine Office

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Bishops Assembly to vote on revisions to the Liturgy of the Hours

Monica on November 6th, 2014 | no comments yet

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship will present five liturgical items for vote at the annual Fall General Assembly, November 10-13.

The bishops’ voting may include amendments to the following two items regarding the LOTH:

• Supplement to the Liturgy of the Hours. An English translation of the prayers used for the feast days of saints who have been added to the General Calendar since 1984.

• Modifications to the Revised Grail Psalms, originally approved by Rome in 2010. Since it is anticipated that the Psalms will be widely used with a future edition of the liturgy of the hours, the committee recommended improving the translation and its “sprung rhythm” to facilitate easier proclamation and singing.

The last two action items are part of an ongoing revision of the liturgy of the hours that was begun in 2012. If these items are passed by two thirds of the Latin-rite bishops, then they will be sent to Rome for approval.

You can read the complete list of liturgical items here:
Bishops Assembly To Vote On Liturgical Items At November 2014 Meeting

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A new beautiful Divine Office

Monica on October 18th, 2014 | no comments yet

Dear community,

In just weeks a new beautiful iOS Divine Office will be released as a low cost upgrade to our current Divine Office iOS app. The upgrade is optional because our current app will continue to operate as it is now. However, if you would like to upgrade you won’t pay extra for buying now because we have discounted this version by the upgrade cost. Buy now in confidence knowing only owners of this app will receive the exclusive upgrade pricing.

This announcement is only applicable to Apple devices. We will begin upgrading Android shortly. We value our Android using community and will get updates and upgrades to you as soon as our limited resources will allow.

By trying to find creative solutions so that Divine Office app may remain affordable, despite the inevitable costs of new upgraded versions, we hope to encourage an even greater number of people to gather in prayer.

Please share the good news and be an active member gathering with ever greater numbers in worshiping God and interceding for the salvation of the world.

Prayer community: DivineOffice.org
Facebook:www.facebook.com/DivineOffice
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The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization

Monica on September 28th, 2014 | no comments yet

Day of Prayer
for the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the
Synod of Bishops
Sunday, 28 September 2014

Sunday, 28 September is to be set aside as a Day of Prayer for the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, scheduled to take place from 5 to 21 October to treat the topic: The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.

Particular churches, parish communities, institutes of consecrated life, associations and movements are invited to pray for this intention during Mass and at other liturgical celebrations, in the days leading to the synod and during the synod itself. The faithful, individually but above all in families, are invited to join in these prayers.

The suggested prayers include the Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod, composed by Pope Francis, and the following proposed intentions during the Prayers of the Faithful which can be adapted at Sunday Mass on 28 September and during the synod. The recitation of the Holy Rosary is also recommended for the duration of the synodal assembly. These intentions can also be included in the petitions at Lauds (Morning Prayer) and Vespers (Evening Prayer).

I – Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendour of true love,
to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.
Amen.

II – Prayer of the Faithful

Brothers and Sisters,
gathered together as God’s family and inspired by our faith, we raise our minds and hearts to the Father, that our families, sustained by the grace of Christ, might become true domestic churches where all live and bear witness to God’s love.

Together we pray:
Lord, bless and sanctify our families.

For Pope Francis: the Lord has called him to preside over the Church in charity; sustain him in his ministry of service to the communion of the episcopal college and the entire People of God, we pray:
Lord, bless and sanctify our families.

For the synod fathers and the other participants at the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: may the Spirit of the Lord enlighten their minds so that the Church might respond, in faithfulness to God’s plan, to the challenges facing the family, we pray:
Lord, bless and sanctify our families.

For those who have the responsibility of governing nations: that the Holy Spirit might inspire programmes which acknowledge the value of the family as the basic unit of society in God’s plan and which offer support to families in difficulty, we pray:
Lord, bless and sanctify our families.

For Christian families: may the Lord who has sealed the union of husband and wife with his presence, make our families cenacles of prayer and ardent communities of life and love, after the example of the Holy Family of Nazareth, we pray:
Lord, bless and sanctify our families.

For couples undergoing difficulties: may the Lord, rich in mercy, be present to them through the Church’s motherly care and concern in showing understanding and patience in their journey towards pardon and reconciliation, we pray:
Lord, bless and sanctify our families.

For families who, for the sake of the Gospel, are forced leave their fatherland: may the Lord who endured exile with Mary and Joseph, comfort them with his grace and open for them paths of fraternal charity and human solidarity, we pray:
Lord, bless and sanctify our families.

For grandparents: may the Lord who was received in the Temple by the elders Simeon and Anna, make them wise collaborators with parents in transmitting the faith and the raising their children, we pray:
Lord, bless and sanctify our families.

For children: may the Lord of life, who in his ministry welcomed them and made them a model for entering the Kingdom of heaven, inspire a respect for life in the womb and programmes in raising children which conform to the Christian outlook towards life, we pray:
Lord, bless and sanctify our families.

For young people: may the Lord, who made holy the Wedding at Cana, lead them to discover the beauty of the sacredness and inviolability of the family in God’s plan and sustain engaged couples as they prepare for marriage, we pray:
Lord, bless and sanctify our families.

O God, you never forsake the work of your hands, hear our prayer; send the Spirit of your Son to enlighten the Church as the synodal journey begins, so that contemplating the splendour of true love which shines forth in the Holy Family of Nazareth, she might learn the freedom and obedience to respond with boldness and mercy to the challenges of today’s world. Through Christ Our Lord.
Amen.

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New voices on Divine Office

Monica on September 12th, 2014 | no comments yet

To our beloved community,

The Divine Office team is fully committed to this ministry. More so now, that we have been transformed, through the grace of God, from few to many, from a home spun ministry to a worldwide apostolate. As such, we acknowledge the growing, greater demands we have been challenged with and feel blessed to be able to answer them, as follows:

The Divine Office will be replacing the more dramatic readings with new, talented voices, some of which will bring youth and vitality while others will reflect our internationality, our cultural diversity.

Years ago, when we started this work we never believed we would be more than a small American community praying the Liturgy of the Hours. Today, through God’s grace, we look much more like our universal church with members young and old and from cultures around the globe.

Our new voices are hard at work right now and we will begin hearing them in about one week. The replacement will be done gradually and we, at Divine Office, hope you will be alongside us, in prayer, as we go through this, much needed, much anticipated transformation.

Additionally, we are within weeks of releasing our new iOS app. It will have features many of you have been asking for that are long overdue.

Be watching our announcements on our website, Facebook, and within our newsletter. For subscription to our newsletter, visit DivineOffice.org

Please share the good news and be an active member gathering with ever greater numbers in worshiping God and interceding for the salvation of the world.

Prayer community: DivineOffice.org
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Pope Francis and the Extraordinary Synod on the Family

Monica on July 7th, 2014 | no comments yet

October 5-19, 2014 Pope Francis will bring together key religious leaders from around the world for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family.

As stated by the Holy Father in the recently-released Instrumentum Laboris: there are “three main areas under discussion in the Church:
how the Gospel of the Family can be preached in the present-day;
how the Church’s pastoral care programme for the family might better respond to the new challenges today;
how to assist parents in developing a mentality of openness to life and in upbringing their children.”

Pope Francis understands that strengthening the family is the key to evangelization of all peoples and this Extraordinary Synod promises an infusion of grace and knowledge for the worldwide Church.

What should we do? We can pray, so that the bishops and those in authority, will lead the Church toward the fulfillment of God’s plan for the family and for all mankind.

Let us pray the prayer for the Synod, with which the Holy Father concludes the
Instrumentum Laboris:

PRAYER FOR THE SYNOD ON THE FAMILY

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendour of true love,
to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer!

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A Sudanese christian woman sentenced to death for her religious choice. What can we do?

andrea on May 16th, 2014 | 5 comments

A Sudanese court has sentenced a woman, Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, to hang for apostasy – the abandonment of her religious faith – after she married a Christian man.

What are the facts?

According to the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA), the woman is the daughter of a Muslim Sudanese father and an Orthodox Ethiopian mother. Meriam was raised in the Christian faith. But since the father is Muslim, Sudanese law considers her a Muslim too.

The judge asked her to give up her faith: “We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged to death,” she answered “I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy.”

“The fact that a woman has been sentenced to death for her religious choice, and to flogging for being married to a man of an allegedly different religion is appalling and abhorrent,” Manar Idriss, Amnesty International’s Sudan researcher, said in a statement following the sentencing.

“Adultery and apostasy are acts which should not be considered crimes at all. It is flagrant breach of international human rights law,” he added.
In a brief statement on Tuesday, European diplomats underlined Sudan’s obligation under international law to defend and promote the freedom of religion.

What can we do as a community?

We are more than 120.000 on Facebook’s Divine Office Page, and we are one of the biggest community of prayer on the web. We have the great opportunity to help her.

3 concrete actions we can take

The greatest think we can do is to pray for Meriam, as many people, of every confession, are doing around the world.

We can let her story be read and known by the maximum number of people sharing this post and the news about her.

We, and our contacts on Facebook and social networks, can sign this petition. We are more than 120.000, plus our friends and contacts, our voices can be so loud that cannot be ignored, but the only way to be listen is to sign and share.

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/government-of-sudan-don-t-execute-8-months-pregnant-mariam-yehya-ibrahim-for-being-christian

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Pope Francis’ Homily at Canonization Mass of Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II

Monica on April 27th, 2014 | no comments yet

Vatican City, April 27, 2014

At the heart of this Sunday, which concludes the Octave of Easter and which John Paul II wished to dedicate to Divine Mercy, are the glorious wounds of the risen Jesus.

He had already shown those wounds when he first appeared to the Apostles on the very evening of that day following the Sabbath, the day of the resurrection. But Thomas was not there that evening, and when the others told him that they had seen the Lord, he replied that unless he himself saw and touched those wounds, he would not believe. A week later, Jesus appeared once more to the disciples gathered in the Upper Room, and Thomas was present; Jesus turned to him and told him to touch his wounds. Whereupon that man, so straightforward and accustomed to testing everything personally, knelt before Jesus with the words: “My Lord and my God!” (Jn 20:28).

The wounds of Jesus are a scandal, a stumbling block for faith, yet they are also the test of faith. That is why on the body of the risen Christ the wounds never pass away: they remain, for those wounds are the enduring sign of God’s love for us. They are essential for believing in God. Not for believing that God exists, but for believing that God is love, mercy and faithfulness. Saint Peter, quoting Isaiah, writes to Christians: “by his wounds you have been healed” (1 Pet 2:24, cf. Is 53:5).

Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II were not afraid to look upon the wounds of Jesus, to touch his torn hands and his pierced side. They were not ashamed of the flesh of Christ, they were not scandalized by him, by his cross; they did not despise the flesh of their brother (cf. Is 58:7), because they saw Jesus in every person who suffers and struggles. These were two men of courage, filled with the parrhesia of the Holy Spirit, and they bore witness before the Church and the world to God’s goodness and mercy.

They were priests, bishops and popes of the twentieth century. They lived through the tragic events of that century, but they were not overwhelmed by them. For them, God was more powerful; faith was more powerful – faith in Jesus Christ the Redeemer of man and the Lord of history; the mercy of God, shown by those five wounds, was more powerful; and more powerful too was the closeness of Mary our Mother.

In these two men, who looked upon the wounds of Christ and bore witness to his mercy, there dwelt a living hope and an indescribable and glorious joy (1 Pet 1:3,8). The hope and the joy which the risen Christ bestows on his disciples, the hope and the joy which nothing and no one can take from them. The hope and joy of Easter, forged in the crucible of self-denial, self-emptying, utter identification with sinners, even to the point of disgust at the bitterness of that chalice. Such were the hope and the joy which these two holy popes had received as a gift from the risen Lord and which they in turn bestowed in abundance upon the People of God, meriting our eternal gratitude.

This hope and this joy were palpable in the earliest community of believers, in Jerusalem, as we read in the Acts of the Apostles (cf. 2:42-47). It was a community which lived the heart of the Gospel, love and mercy, in simplicity and fraternity.

This is also the image of the Church which the Second Vatican Council set before us. Saint John XXIII and Saint John Paul II cooperated with the Holy Spirit in renewing and updating the Church in keeping with her pristine features, those features which the saints have given her throughout the centuries. Let us not forget that it is the saints who give direction and growth to the Church. In convening the Council, Saint John XXIII showed an exquisite openness to the Holy Spirit. He let himself be led and he was for the Church a pastor, a servant-leader. This was his great service to the Church; he was the pope of openness to the Holy Spirit.

In his own service to the People of God, Saint John Paul II was the pope of the family. He himself once said that he wanted to be remembered as the pope of the family. I am particularly happy to point this out as we are in the process of journeying with families towards the Synod on the family. It is surely a journey which, from his place in heaven, he guides and sustains.

May these two new saints and shepherds of God’s people intercede for the Church, so that during this two-year journey toward the Synod she may be open to the Holy Spirit in pastoral service to the family. May both of them teach us not to be scandalized by the wounds of Christ and to enter ever more deeply into the mystery of divine mercy, which always hopes and always forgives, because it always loves.

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The Canonization of Pope John XXIII And Pope John Paul II on Divine Mercy Sunday

Monica on April 27th, 2014 | no comments yet

“To modern men and women, often dissatisfied with a shallow and ephemeral existence, and in search of authentic happiness and love, Christ offers his own example and issues the invitation to follow Him.He asks those who hear his voice to give their lives for others. This sacrifice is a source of self-fulfillment and joy, as is seen in the eloquent example of those men and women who, leaving all security behind, have not hesitated to risk their lives as missionaries in different parts of the world. It can also be seen in the response of those young people who, prompted by faith, have embraced a vocation to the priesthood or the religious life in order to serve God’s plan of salvation.” —John Paul II, Holy Father’s Message for Lent, 2003[1]

Pope Francis recently decreed that his predecessors, John XXIII and John Paul II, will be raised to Sainthood today. A day on which the Church celebrates the Second Sunday of Easter and Divine Mercy.

That the holiness of both John XXIII and John Paul II should be simultaneously recognized with their canonizations brings back the newness of the initial desire to link the lived tradition of the Church with the changed and changing circumstances of a rapidly globalizing world.

John XXIII boldly opened a window for the Church to see the world with hope. He started the revision of the Church’s law and on January 25, 1983, 24 years to the day after Pope John XXIII’s announcement of the revision, Pope John Paul II promulgated the revised Code of Canon Law, bringing completion to the project.

John Paul II bravely carried this hope as a relentless pilgrim. The pope spoke a message to the world, intended as well for the uncertain disciple, “Do not be afraid!” These were not just the words of the pope. It was the echo of Jesus stirring up the hearts of the disciples to leave behind their fears and cast their nets anew into uncertain waters.

Recently, Pope Francis reminded the assembled bishops, priests, religious and seminarians gathered in Rio de Janeiro, “It is not enough simply to open the door in welcome because they come, but we must go out through that door to seek and meet the people!” This can only happen if our hearts are refreshed with the ancient and ever new command, “Do not be afraid!” [2]

Source:
[1] USCCB book: John Paul II: A Light for the World, http://www.usccb.org/
[2] Excerpt from “Remembering the man who told the modern world: ‘Do not be Afraid’” by Bishop Jaime Soto, http://usccbmedia.blogspot.ro

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Happy Birthday Divine Office!

Mauro Dalu on August 6th, 2013 | no comments yet

On August 6th 2006 our first Catholic website and podcast series went live. Seven years have passed and over five years since DivineOffice.org website was launched.

We have prepared this simple infographic to celebrate our anniversary, please feel free to share it :)

Read the complete issue of our newsletter here.

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Divine Office Receives 3rd Consecutive Readers’ Choice Award: Best in Catholicism – About.com Readers’ Choice Awards, 2013

Nicole on March 30th, 2013 | no comments yet

About.com Winner 2013

Salt Lake City, Utah, March 27, 2013 – The Divine Office Ministry  once again proves the ‘best of’ according to this year’s votes in the About.com Readers Choice Awards. After receiving significant nominations to participate in the Readers Choice Awards this year, the nominations brought Divine Office in three categories on Catholicism. About.com’s announcement of the winners makes the 2013 awards for Divine Office the third consecutive award in this Readers Choice Awards, and their second year to receive the award in all three of these nominated  categories: Best Catholic Website, Best Catholic iOS App (Divine Office Liturgy of the Hours), and Best Catholic Podcast.

“We at Divine Office feel blessed to have the opportunity to serve God in His work. It is reassuring to be nominated for a third straight year and we thank our incredible prayer community for helping us further our mission, which is to bring everyone everywhere together into praying the Liturgy of the Hours. Winning the About.com Readers’ Choice elevates our visibility and ultimately brings more people together in this prayer form to glorify God and intervene for the salvation of the world.”

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The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) ©1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved. Used with permission by Surgeworks, Inc for the Divine Office Catholic Ministry. DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media is © 2006-2011 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

About.com 2013 Awards Nominations

Mauro Dalu on January 14th, 2013 | no comments yet

Help us to reach more people!

It’s that time of the year again… Thanks to your votes, you elected us as the best catholic Website, Podcast, iPhone and iPad app for 2011 and 2012. This recognition helped many people, who would have never found us otherwise, join in praying the Liturgy of the Hours. 2013 is here and Nominations for the 2013 About.com Catholicism Readers Choice Awards are now open!

“We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope. It will also be a good opportunity to intensify the celebration of the faith in the liturgy [...] At the same time, we make it our prayer that believers’ witness of life may grow in credibility. To rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed, and to reflect on the act of faith, is a task that every believer must make his own, especially in the course of this Year.” (Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei, Pope Benedict XVI)

DivineOffice.org ministry joins the ever ancient and always new hymn of praise in the daily work, nourishment and commemoration which is prayer in community. You can help us to reach more people by nominating and voting for Divine Office on About.com’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards!

DivineOffice.org ministry believes “… it is supremely to be hoped that the Liturgy of the Hours may pervade and penetrate the whole of Christian prayer, giving it life, direction and expression, and effectively nourishing the spiritual life of the people of God.” [#8, Apostolic Constitution, LOTH]

About.com’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards will showcase the best products, features and services in multiple categories. Nominations will be accepted from 12:00 A.M. EST on January 14, 2013, until 12:00 A.M. EST on February 11, 2013. Readers are free to nominate their own product or site, as well as someone else’s, and to promote the Readers’ Choice Awards to their community.

How to Nominate Divine Office as Best Catholic Website, Podcast, iPhone and iPad App

Please consider nominating Divine Office Liturgy of the Hours for Best Catholic Website, Podcast and iOS App. You can vote every day!

  • To nominate Divine Office for Best Catholic Website: visit this page and enter DivineOffice.org as URL.
  • To nominate Divine Office for Best Catholic Podcast: visit this page then copy-paste our podcast iTunes URL:
    http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=294319197
  • To nominate Divine Office Apps for Best Catholic iOS App: visit this page then enter as App Name: “Divine Office” and as iTunes URL:
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/divine-office-audio-prayer/id301349397?mt=8

Thank You!

We’re thankful that you’re praying with us, joining the global Divine Office community.

We wish to thank everyone supporting us, and thank you for taking the time to do so by nominating and voting for us in the About.com awards.

To make it easier for you to nominate us, and then hopefully to vote for Divine Office every day, we’ve set up a special daily reminder e-mail service. Please feel free to subscribe to it by entering your email address below:

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Last year you showed your love for our apps by nominating also our Catholicpedia and Prayer apps, which were ranked among the top 10 Catholic apps too!… But then you had to make a choice on what app to vote. For this reason we’re not going to ask you to nominate these apps as runner-ups this year: this will allow other ministries to gain some visibility too, which we feel is the real purpose of this initiative.

The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) ©1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved. Used with permission by Surgeworks, Inc for the Divine Office Catholic Ministry. DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media is © 2006-2011 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

Now Available: Leather Prayer Journal with DivineOffice.org Logo

Mauro Dalu on December 18th, 2012 | no comments yet

Record your deepest spiritual reflections, blessings, special intentions, prayer requests and prayers answered in a hand-sewn hand-crafted leather journal. Our Prayer Journal contains a book of 192 lined cream-colored pages and is 5″ by 6.5″ in size. The top-grain leather exterior gives it the durability it needs for daily use. The Prayer Journal makes the perfect gift for anyone on a journey of spiritual growth. The journal comes with a strap closure and is debossed with the Divine Office icon. Hand crafted in Utah with the finest top-grain cowhide from tanners located in the United States, each journal reflects the leather’s aged and weathered patina. Random, beautiful, and natural blemishes add texture and variety to each product. This Journal is Black Leather and made completely in the USA from USA genuine top-grain leather of the highest quality. We also have Prayer Journals in Saddle Leather and Buckskin Leather.

Available now on Amazon.com

The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) ©1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved. Used with permission by Surgeworks, Inc for the Divine Office Catholic Ministry. DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media is © 2006-2011 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

Catholic Ministries for the New Evangelization

Mauro Dalu on December 18th, 2012 | no comments yet

The Divine Office Ministry has partnered with some of the best Catholic resources available,  as a way to reach out to Catholics this Advent season in a campaign starting today, and continuing through the holiday, until December 26, 2012. Join this ever-expanding community in prayer this season: take advantage of the advent promotion – Divine Office apps are being offered at a special discounted price (25% off between now until December 26th). The Advent promotion is a great time to gift an app for those left on the gift list, or simply celebrate the season by sharing support for one another, and telling others about the Catholic resources that have come together for the worshipping Catholic Community.

Visit the website http://2012.divineoffice.org to learn more about these great Catholic ministries. Continue reading →

The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) ©1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved. Used with permission by Surgeworks, Inc for the Divine Office Catholic Ministry. DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media is © 2006-2011 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

The Coming of Our God and more hymns now available on iTunes!

Mauro Dalu on November 12th, 2012 | no comments yet


“The Coming of our God”
, an album collecting Advent Hymns and Canticles set to music by Erika Provinzano is finally available on iTunes and Amazon MP3!

The album contains the following tracks:

  •  The Coming of Our God
  •  On Jordan’s Bank
  •  Creator of the Stars of Night
  •  Father Lord of Earth and Heaven
  •  Te Deum


Listen to previews and purchase now on iTunes
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The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) ©1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved. Used with permission by Surgeworks, Inc for the Divine Office Catholic Ministry. DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media is © 2006-2011 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

Divine Office heads to Dallas for the Catholic New Media Conference, August 29-31

Nicole on August 28th, 2012 | no comments yet

Divine Office will be traveling to Dallas for the Catholic New Media Conference (CNMC), an annual event organized by the non-profit organization, SQPN. This will be the 3rd year in attendance for Divine Office while this year marks the 5th annual CNMC event to date. The Catholic New Media Conference is an event, which was started in support of bringing the networking, and learning opportunities that technology enables as a means for bringing Catholic news, and resources to the Catholic community. Those that attend the conference are a vast and notable collective, as members of the Catholic faith, who make it their mission to support, and deliver resources in the interest of Catholics everywhere. The event includes Catholic writers, bloggers, church organizers, ministries, news sources, publishers, software developers, parishes, charities, and other Catholics, and their organizations supporting this community.

This year will be a special occasion for Divine Office as our very own, Dane Falkner, founder and creator of DivineOffice.org, will be presenting in a new lecture being offered discussing the uses and the advantages of bringing Catholicism and technology together. Because this technology is what the Divine Office ministry was founded upon, the purpose of this event is a chance to learn and share with others what we hope to continue. More specifically, as times change the coming together in knowledge, prayer, worship, and devotion become increasingly important, and that the tools for doing so remain available to everyone. We have been blessed with this ability through the use of technology as a means to reach Catholics everywhere, to pray together, and be a resource. We want to continue our mission, which is why we are excited to be participating in this year’s, Catholic New Media Conference.

The rest of the Divine Office team would like to thank Dane for his knowledge in both faith and technology, and for presenting on behalf of Divine Office at this year’s conference. We hope you’ll join us in wishing him the best of luck as we support him at the Catholic New Media Conference (CNMC) of 2012.

Have a story about how technology has helped you in your daily devotion as a Catholic today? We would love your comments…

The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) ©1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved. Used with permission by Surgeworks, Inc for the Divine Office Catholic Ministry. DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media is © 2006-2011 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

Hymns Needed: Contribute by Providing Audio Recordings

Mauro Dalu on July 15th, 2012 | no comments yet

Here are a few hymns that we are asking our community to provide. Please note that by providing these hymns we need to know who to credit and we need permission to use them with unlimited license and without requiring royalty payments. Continue reading →

The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) ©1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved. Used with permission by Surgeworks, Inc for the Divine Office Catholic Ministry. DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media is © 2006-2011 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

The Most Popular Bible Software on the Mac App Store Now Includes the New American Bible

Nicole on November 1st, 2011 | no comments yet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, (Nov 1st, 2011)—The most popular Bible Reader on the Mac App Store now includes the full New American Bible, Revised Edition: the official Catholic Bible approved by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Created by the Divine Office Catholic Ministry in partnership with Surgeworks, a Salt Lake City-based application developer and graphical interaction design firm, the Bible App for Mac OS X includes over 20 versions of the Bible in six different languages.

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The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) ©1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved. Used with permission by Surgeworks, Inc for the Divine Office Catholic Ministry. DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media is © 2006-2011 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

New Bible App for Mac Users

Nicole on May 27th, 2011 | no comments yet

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, (May 27, 2011)The Divine Office Catholic Ministry, in partnership with Surgeworks Inc., a Salt Lake City-based application developer and graphical interaction design firm, has announced a new app for the Apple Mac App Store based on 20 versions of the Bible in six different languages. Continue reading →

The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) ©1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved. Used with permission by Surgeworks, Inc for the Divine Office Catholic Ministry. DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media is © 2006-2011 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

Now Available Divine Office, Catholic Liturgy of the Hours, for Mac

Nicole on January 6th, 2011 | no comments yet

The Divine Office Ministry, a non-profit group that offers the “Liturgy of the Hours” collection of Roman Catholic prayers online, and via the iPhone, iPod, and iPad, in partnership with Surgeworks Inc., provides an iOS app that takes the full text and audio for the Liturgy of The Hours of the Roman Catholic Church to the iPhone and iPad, and now has released the Divine Office app version for Mac through the new Mac App Store. Continue reading →

The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) ©1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved. Used with permission by Surgeworks, Inc for the Divine Office Catholic Ministry. DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media is © 2006-2011 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.