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  1. I have a couple of questions. I have just finished reading The Everyday Catholic’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours and am puzzled. It is alluded that some Offices can be omitted, depending on a person’s schedule. Is this true? I am somewhat taken aback by that, for myself, anyway. Also, the easiest time for me to do my Offices in during Eucharistic Adoration. I do all of the offices as a reading and chose this time as the only time that I can be guaranteed silence and peace. Is this not a good idea? Or am I slighting my Adoration time?

    I have been trying this on my own for a couple of months and have not any cause for concern until recently.

    HELP! Sheila

  2. To Monica, Dane, and all the staff at divineoffice.org,

    After reading your comments about the upcoming changes to divineoffice.org, I just want to thank you again for this ministry. What a gift and a blessing you are to many, many people! I understand your wanting to be more inclusive of all people–we are a universal church with such a diversity of members.

    That said, since using this website to pray the Divine Office, your voices have become like familiar friends to me. I just hope that we will continue to hear your voices as you make changes to your ministry.

    Also, just want you to know that your musical offerings are beautiful and inspirational.

    Continued blessings!

  3. In today’s Office of Readings, the little thing in-between the first reading and the second reading, it says “by prayer” where it should say “my prayer”. Spell check doesn’t catch those kind of mistakes, unfortunately.

  4. And if gets even better. Now when “young man” reads the long selections for the Office of Readings, it’s beyond pure joy to listen to..(See my comment yesterday, re: same subject.) Now it’s quite lovely. I’m so impressed.

  5. This comment is addressed to Divine Office.org staff and all its pray-ers. It concerns the Invitatory. There are several lovely psalms to choose from here: the standard 95, as well as 24, 100 and 67.

    In my personal Office praying, I like to choose a psalm that more closely fits the tenor of the day. Thus, on Sunday, when we celebrate our Lord’s resurrection, I always use Psalm 100. What could be more apropo than “Go within his gates, giving thanks. Enter his courts with songs of praise….” For it’s on Sunday that we do just that, singing & thanking him the whole while!.

    For feasts or solemnities of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I love to use Psalm 24, for the words “Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord? The man with clean hands and pure heart … he shall receive blessings from the Lord, reward from the God who saves him.”

    Psalm 24 also works well for various saints days. For ordinary days in ordinary time, I always use Psalm 95.

    Just a suggestion to put out there for your prayersful consideration.

  6. Wow! What an AMAZING difference. Congratulations to the young man whose way of reading aloud was the same as most young people today — flat, no expressiveness, full-stop at the end of every line, even when the thought continues to the next line. You have obviously studied hard, and now it’s pure joy to listen to you. God bless you for your commitment to this ministry and willingness to make changes to make YOUR contribution more meaningful.

    From a faithful member of your community,
    Sr. Maryam Philippe of the Holy Trinity

    • I must admit, as an older individual, I found the young man’s style to be difficult for me to adapt to. I struggled to maintain focus. I suppose that each one of us relates best to the conversational patterns of our own generation. However, that said, I am deeply appreciative for the contribution of this young man. Thank you!

  7. Each week the lectors meet to study the Word. We end the evening with Vespers. I copy the evening’s Vespers and paste it into Word and make copies.

    Is there a way to view a particular day’s Vespers sooner than the “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” designation….say…a month in advance.

    • Yes if you click on one of the Yesterday or Tomorrow designation the address bar changes to include the date you wanted, all you have to do is plug this address into the bar divineoffice.org/?date=20140831 where in place of 20140831 you place the date you want to view in YYYYMMDD format so for example if you want to view the ones for Christmas Day you would type divineoffice.org/?date=20141225 in the bar.

    • The folks in charge of the website handle all comments when they are able to find time away from their own jobs in the world. The folks address the comments in their order of priority as designated by the petitioner (urgent or lesser levels of concerns) and in sequence in the backlog of questions posed.
      Hence “the comments are awaiting moderation.”
      I imagine this website gets loads of questions so it will take time to receive a reply.

    • The titles of the Songs normally used are: Alma Redemptoris Mater; Ave, Regina Caelorum; Regina Caeli; and Salve Regina. You can find a home page here http://www.ewtn.com/faith/teachings/maryd6.htm where you will find links to the words of each one and when they are used. If you were speaking of different Hymns to Our Lady then I’m sorry, but I’m not sure what you’re referring to.

      • It is the hymn sung on Sunday after Night Prayer. It is not one of the Marian hymns in Christian prayer book or listed in the EWTN web.

  8. Great website. There is great support and apps for Apple. I wish there were more for Windows 8. When I use my PC to Pray Office I have to go to the website, it would be nice if I had an app that would open only the L.O.H.
    Thanks for a great service.

  9. The link for Evening Prayer 2 for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time on your web pages and for iTunes and RSS is for Evening Prayer 2 of the feast of St Bartholomew, and not for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time. I am fairly certain we do not celebrate the feast of St Bartholomew this year. Can you correct in time? Thank you for your wonderful work.

  10. I am trying to cut and paste portions of the evening readings for a prayer group at a nursing home. When I try to do this, I get a dark brown background behind the text, which will not work – changing the text to white is not an option for this application. If I select the readings and print them out, I can’t change the size or arrangement of the text, and I can’t print out just the psalms and canticles, which is what I am trying to do. Any suggestions?

    • @Fish, are you using Windows? If so, the easiest way to do this without downloading another app is to paste it first into a Notepad. Once it’s there, copy it again from Notepad and then past it into Word, or whatever word processor you are using.

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