Leadership Book

Dane on January 28th, 2016 | no comments yet

Dear Community,

I have a request.

This is not our usual topic and it's not anything we will repeat, not at least for a very long time, but I feel this has enough benefit to justify reaching out to you.

Before I get to the topic for which I am writing, I must say thank you to all who have prayed for this ministry and for the generous outpouring of financial support you have given. Your outpouring has taken the financial responsibility off my shoulders. My family and I appreciate the relief and we appreciate knowing that Divine Office means enough to...

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Pro-Life Rosary Prayer Intentions

Monica on January 20th, 2016 | 3 comments

Dear community,

Coming soon, January 22 is the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. Praying the Liturgy of the Hours, you can always just pause the recording during the intercessions on Morning or Evening Prayer and add a personal intention. But we are also proposing something a bit different, hoping to inspire your prayer life:

Pro-Life Rosary Prayer Intentions

The Joyful Mysteries
The Annunciation:
For parents facing an unexpected pregnancy, that they lovingly accept the precious life God has entrusted to their care.

The Visitation:
That the family and friends of...

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Merry Twelfth Day of Christmas

Monica on January 4th, 2016 | no comments yet

Merry Twelfth Day of Christmas!

The gift today is Twelve Drummers Drumming!
The twelve drummers drumming symbolize the twelve points of belief in The Apostles' Creed.

The twelve points of the Apostles Creed are as follows:
1. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
2. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
3. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
4. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell.
5. On the third day he rose again.
6. He ascended into heaven...

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Merry Eleventh Day of Christmas

Monica on January 4th, 2016 | no comments yet

Merry Eleventh Day of Christmas!

My True Love gave to me ~ Eleven Pipers Piping!

The eleven pipers piping represent the eleven faithful and loyal Apostles (minus Judas who betrayed Jesus).

Today we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

Patron of in-law problems, against the death of children, widows, death of parents, and opposition of Church authorities

Two hundred years ago, Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton founded the Sisters of Charity of St. Josephs’, the first new community for religious women to be established in the United States. She also began St. Joseph’s Academy and Free School, the first free Catholic School...

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Merry Tenth Day of Christmas

Monica on January 3rd, 2016 | no comments yet

Merry Tenth Day of Christmas!
My True Love gave to me Ten Lords a-Leaping!
The Ten Lords a-Leaping are the Ten Commandments.

These ten beneficial laws were given by God to show us how to live a better life now and please God forever. Jesus Christ explained that the Ten Commandments and all of God’s laws are based on God’s most prominent characteristic: LOVE.

God gave humanity the Bible to reveal His way of life—His way of love. The do’s and dont’s of God’s Ten Commandments show us how to apply love in every aspect of life. Jesus Christ summarized all of...

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Merry Ninth Day of Christmas

Monica on January 2nd, 2016 | no comments yet

Merry Ninth Day of Christmas!

The gift on the Ninth Day of Christmas is Nine Ladies Dancing!
Those nine ladies represent the Nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit!

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Generosity, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control.

We pray today that you will be able to share these gifts.

Also on the Ninth Day of Christmas we celebrate the lives of St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzus (Nazianzen) both Bishops in the Catholic Church.

St. Basil was a man of vast learning and constant activity, genuine eloquence and immense charity. This earned for him the title of "Great" during his...

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Merry Eighth Day of Christmas!

Monica on January 1st, 2016 | no comments yet

Merry Eighth Day of Christmas (and Happy New Year to all!)

On the Eighth Day of Christmas my True Love gave to me…..Eight maids a-milking.
From a literal sense milk was a luxury in the 15th and 16th century because with no refrigeration it would spoil quickly.
So milk, in and of itself, was a generous gift.
The eight maids a-milking represent the Eight Beatitudes, a wonderful and generous gift to Christians everywhere.
Jesus promises us happiness. In fact the word "blessed" means "happy." The Beatitudes are at the core of Christ's teaching.
They fulfill the promise made to the Jewish people by pointing...

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Merry Seventh Day of Christmas

Monica on December 31st, 2015 | no comments yet

Merry Seventh Day of Christmas!
On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me Seven swans a-swimming…

Who knew swans a-swimming would create so many images and so much discussion?!

The seven swans a-swimming refer to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit - Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, Knowledge, Piety and Respect for the Lord. Basically, these are attributes given as a gift by the Holy Spirit to all receptive people. People are receptive when they live as close to God as possible - avoiding sin through prayer, studying the Scriptures, and engaging in the Sacraments - yes,...

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Make Prayer your New Year’s Resolution

Monica on December 30th, 2015 | no comments yet

Happy New Year!

Make Prayer your New Year’s Resolution! Make your spiritual growth and the nurturing of your faith the goals of the new year. The driving force towards any objective should always be God our Father. Honoring Him in mind and body, renouncing our pride and vanity, praying to Him for wisdom in all regards and not becoming daunted with occasional failures.

If Prayer it's already a New Year’s resolution or if it's a striving, a desire to make it a way of life, join DivineOffice.org community of prayer. We ask those of you already members to spread the...

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Merry Sixth Day of Christmas

Monica on December 29th, 2015 | no comments yet

Merry Sixth Day of Christmas!

The Sixth Day of Christmas falls on December 30th.
The gift on the Sixth Day of Christmas is Six Geese a Laying.
The eggs of the geese hold the promise of fertility and life to come; which reflects the maintenance and expansion of God’s creation. Six geese a laying represent the six days of creation.

1st Day: Creation of light and its separation from darkness

2nd Day: Creation of the firmament and division of the waters

3rd Day: Collection of waters (sea) and formation of dry land (earth); creation of plants according to their own likeness

4th Day: Creation...

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Merry Fifth Day of Christmas

Monica on December 28th, 2015 | 1 comment

Merry Fifth Day of Christmas!

The “five golden rings” represent the first five books of the Old Testament called the Torah or the Pentateuch (and generally considered the most sacred and important of all the Old Testament): 1) Genesis, 2) Exodus, 3) Leviticus, 4) Numbers, and 5) Deuteronomy, which gives the history of humanity’s sinful failure and God’s response of grace in the creation of a people to be a light to the world.

The Fifth Day of the Christmas season, December 29th, marks the feast of another martyr, St. Thomas à Becket, archbishop of Canterbury, who was killed because...

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Merry Fourth Day of Christmas!

Monica on December 28th, 2015 | no comments yet

This gift on the Fourth Day of Christmas represents the four Evangelists - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - because they spread everywhere the good news of the Gospel.
The four collie birds (blackbirds; often mispronounced as "calling birds”; optional spelling colly, colley, curley).

Today we also celebrate the Feast Day of the Holy Innocents

Matthew 2:1-18 tells this story: Herod was “greatly troubled” when astrologers from the east came asking the whereabouts of “the newborn king of the Jews,” whose star they had seen. They were told that the Jewish Scriptures named Bethlehem as the place where the Messiah would be...

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Merry Third Day of Christmas

Monica on December 27th, 2015 | no comments yet

The Third Day of Christmas ~ Three French hens!
The three French hens are meant to represent the Theological Virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity.

As our work of Christmas continues, we have the reminder that we should keep this spirit alive in our thoughts, in our words and in our deeds. Think something compassionate, say something kind, do something charitable.

On December 27 we also celebrate the Feast Day of St. John the Evangelist. John was the “beloved disciple” of Jesus and the one to whom our Lord entrusted the care of his mother.
John was the only one of the Twelve...

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The Second Day of Christmas

Monica on December 26th, 2015 | no comments yet

We loved celebrating the First Day of Christmas! Now the work of Christmas really begins!

The Second Day of Christmas ~ two turtle doves!
Turtle doves are a symbol of great love, particularly the sacramental love between a husband and a wife.
Turtle doves are believed to stay with their partner for life - a strong symbolic connection to marriage vows.
When Jesus Christ was born, the turtle doves were offered as a symbol of love, respect and adoration for God.

Boxing Day or St. Stephen’s Day is celebrated in many places on December 26th.
Many British families distribute money to the poor that...

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The Gift of Prayer

Monica on December 10th, 2015 | no comments yet

Dear Community,

The Divine Office app is 50% off now, we hope it will be easier to get it for someone you care about. A gift of prayer that will bring them in the Divine Office prayer community, where people of all cultures, rich and poor, all are praying together around the globe. May the Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ be received in the hearts of many!

Give someone a Gift of Prayer:
Gift: Divine Office 2 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch
Gift: Morning Prayer (Lauds)
Gift: Evening Prayer (Vespers)
Gift: Divine Office...

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The Jubilee of Mercy and The Gift of Prayer

Monica on December 8th, 2015 | no comments yet

Dear Community,

We have entered the Jubilee Year of Mercy. The DivineOffice.org hopes more and more people will take this opportunity to participate in this Holy Year in a meaningful way. According to the Holy Father attending Holy Mass and praying in community is a way of obtaining the Jubilee Indulgence. We are called, therefore, to live this Jubilee. May it be a fruitful year, a year of deepening conversion!

The Divine Office app is at half price now, we hope it will be easier to get it for someone's prayer life you care about. A gift...

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National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children

Monica on September 12th, 2015 | no comments yet

Dear Community,

Today, September 12, marks the third annual Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children across US. Pro-life Americans are encouraged to participate in the nationwide memorial services.

Solemn prayer vigils will be conducted at the gravesites of aborted children, of which there are 47 across the United States, as well as at scores of other memorial markers set up in memory of the aborted unborn at churches and cemeteries.

"In a world where possessions and power are often valued far above persons, it is important that the pro-life faithful pray in solidarity to remember all the unborn babies — the...

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Spread The Word: Put The Liturgy of the Hours on Your Own Website

Mauro Dalu on August 1st, 2015 | 10 comments

Ever wanted to put today's Liturgy of the Hours text on your website? Now you can! and as a big plus you also get to provide our award winning audio rendition of the universal prayer of the Catholic Church.

Divine Office Catholic Ministry announces today a new way to spread the Liturgy of the Hours to allow more and more people to join in prayer, always and everywhere.

Starting today, the same award winning Liturgy of the Hours audio and text produced by DivineOffice.org are available in a fully responsive "widget" you can embed in your own website!

To activate the widget on...

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New Liturgy of the Hours Website optimised for Visually Impaired People by DivineOffice.org

Mauro Dalu on July 31st, 2015 | 2 comments

Divine Office Catholic Ministry announces today that a new set of web pages is available through the DivineOffice.org website, optimised to be accessed by blind and visually impaired people.

The new accessible website features the same award winning audio production of the Liturgy of the Hours, the universal prayer of the Catholic Church, served in a bare-bones set of pages.

Some time ago, one of our community members contacted us telling that our website was very hard to browse through a Screen Reader software. We immediately...

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June 2015 Newsletter from the USCCB Office of Divine Worship

Monica on July 20th, 2015 | no comments yet

Dear community,

We have prepared a summary of the June 2015 Newsletter from the USCCB Office of Divine Worship and you can find the entire newsletter attached. The newsletter includes information on:

Liturgical Schedule of Pope Francis’ Visit to the United States:

Pope Francis will undertake an Apostolic Journey to the United States and United Nations on September 22-27, 2015, visiting Washington, DC, New York City, and Philadelphia. This visit takes place on the occasion of the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. During the papal visit, there will be six liturgical events: two each in Washington, New York City, and...

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