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  1. Is DivineOffice.org no longer making its podcasts available in the Windows Store? Will it return? There haven’t been new ones since Aug. 17, and when I search the Windows Store it no longer comes up as a podcast option. Since there isn’t an app for Windows Phone, downloading podcasts when we are near wi-fi is a more civilized and cost-effective option than trying to navigate an Rss feed or the web site live. Thanks and God Bless.

  2. I ran across your website a while ago and appreciate the work you are doing. It’s great to pray the office with others through your recordings. While I appreciate the recorded prayers and music I do have problems following along. I would ask that those reciting the various prayers keep in mind that there are those who like to pray out loud with the narrator. This is very difficult when the psalms are recited with much intensity and emotion as well as with unexpected pauses between words. An even cadence while reciting (praying) the psalms would be a great help. To put it simply, imagine you are praying along with a group of people rather than expressing yourselves individually. Thank you and God’s blessings.

    • Thank you Mike. Your explanation makes sense. I too like to read along, aloud, alternating the verses and sometimes lose the rhythm. But that is little enough in order to have this program and pray with others, even if it is out of tune.

  3. I discovered this site by accident; more likely it is guidance from the holy spirit. Thank you my God, in times of need you are always there.

  4. I have the Prayer book to follow with the divine office but sometimes what is in the book is not the same as what is on the web site. Can someone please explain why and do i need to get another book?

    • You can Search: Divine Office Support > Knowledgebase and look around, I found the following maybe it will help:

      Many of you have been confused when you reach the Concluding Prayers and find them different then the Concluding Prayers printed in your books. This is why.

      For many, not all, of the Hours the Concluding Prayer is taken from the Collect Prayer of the Mass. With the new English translation of the Roman Missal the Collect Prayers and hense many Concluding Prayers use the new translation. While the Liturgy of the Hours books do not yet contain these new concluding prayers and no supplement has been provided containing these new prayers, we at Divine Office, after much research, have elected to use the new translations.

      It is a very costly endeavor for Catholic Book Publishing Company to create a new version of the Liturgy of the Hours and we feel this is a triumph of the new digital world that we can publish updates more rapidly then print and thus provide greater unity between the Liturgy of the Hours and the Mass.

  5. I want to thank you guys again for this wonderful site. I have only recently started using the Android app instead of the website. One feature I like (and wish you would put on the website) is the map that shows you who all is logged in for prayer.

    I have been a reverted Catholic for almost 8 years now. I tend toward the traditional rites, but I still love the Novus Ordo (it’s just some of the music I have trouble with). Most of the time I pray the DO, it is like most of you–by myself, in my living room, early in the morning.

    But at the time I am writing this, the app says there are 264 people in prayer. I am not alone. It is encouraging to see that people around the world are constantly in prayer. It doesn’t matter what time of day I bring up the map, there is ALWAYS someone praying. It never ends, Praise God!

    And this is only the people logged in using this app on their phones. I may be wrong about this part, but I assume that it does not count those who are connected via the website, and only those who are logged in instead of browsing.

    There are still those who use this website, and so many others like it. And those who don’t use it online, but just using the books.

    Even during this time of increasing worldwide persecution, people are praying all over the U. S., Great Britain, Ireland, and Europe as you would expect, but also in Malaysia, Pakistan, Sudan, South Africa, Grenada, Aruba, even Jeju (a tiny island south of Korea!

    It is SO encouraging, and God is being praised constantly around the world.

    • Hello, we just added location support to our website and a counter showing people currently in prayer. We still consider this a “beta” feature on the website. We hope you like it :)

  6. I would like to help promote your website, please tell me how. I have found such peace in doing the Office that I want everyone I know share this great experience.

  7. I want to thank you all with all my heart for this wonderful site ,for the endless hours it must have taken to do all the recordings.These are not performances but people praying from their hearts .The voices are so familiar to me now and I do so appreciate having the company as I pray the office.It makes me feel part of the community of the Church worldwide.
    This site came to me at a time when I was so sure that the Divine Office,once held so dear ,was lost to me .but now my day is built around it once more and for that I am so very very thankful . God bless you all

  8. God bless you all for a wonderful site, It is so wonderful to be able to pray the Office without additional music and distractions… this site enables one to pray from the heart to God. All of you wonderful clear voices. So uplifting your selection of hymns, thank you so much for all the dedicated work, this is a wonderful service in the church.
    I am an infirmarian in a Poor Clare Community and as I have duties I am unable to attend choral morning prayer, your site begins my day and I am deeply thankful to you all.
    We are praying for you all

  9. Can anyone identify the artist who painted the art work used on the Invitatory page for St. John the Baptist? Thank you and God Bless!

  10. “Give thanks to the Lord, for his great love is without end” Ps 107.

    Thank you for your wonderful ministry. We pray as one Church united in Christ. In charity, let us use the same words: today’s Invitatory Psalm is not the ICEL translation nor one I can find in any Christian bible. Let there be no division among us. A.M.D.G.

    • Hello, please note: The audio contains a variation of this antiphon based on the Mundelein Psalter, which facilitates the sung public celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours. It is approved for use in the dioceses of the United States of America by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. We did not make any changes to add inclusive language, we simply used the Mundelein Psalter translation.

      • Also, take note that the Psalm Prayers are not in the Mundelein Psalter, and they are not in the Official Latin Office either, and that means they are not a required element in the Psalter. I use the time that normally takes to read the Psalm Prayers to meditate in the appropriate periods of silences in between. The Mundelein Psalter is beautiful and simple to use on a personal basis, as I do have a copy.

  11. I’m sure others who are learning TLOH have stumbled into a problem. Before I begin, here is what I am using.

    1. I use the 4-volume LOTH, published by Catholic Book Publishing Co.

    2. I have the ribbons placed in the sections of the volumes, thanks to the Table of Contents.

    3. I use the St Joseph Guide (2015)

    Ok, the St Joseph Guide gives the volume, month, date, and page numbers for the readings. However, the page numbers in DO don’t always match those in the SJG. So, I am going to trust the SJG.

    Am I to assume that DO pulls everything together for me so that I don’t even have to open the LOTH? I would like to follow along in my LOTH (4-volume), but can’t locate all the hymns, antiphons, etc. in my LOTH. I just transcend the problem by saying “it’s a mystery.”

    The LOTH is indeed difficult to figure out, much less to learn. So, I’m just going to do what I can, with a little help from LOTH For Dodos, a book that does a good job of explaining it, but it’s far too detailed. Other help books are not detailed enough, leaving the reader with many unanswered basic questions. My church does not have a group that meets to pray TLOH, nor do my priests have the copious free time their busy schedules to teach it. So, I’m on my own.

    Thank you for your attention.

    • Hey there! Don’t think you’re the only one who has had a difficult time learning to use the Liturgy of the Hours. I struggled a bit when I started too.

      For the most part, what you’ll find on Divine Office follows what you’ll find in the book. When you’re using the books, some of the feast days give you the option of using the Commons (i.e.Common of Apostles, on a day that is observing an Apostle), but this website doesn’t always use what’s in the Common, just the usual four-week Psalter. It really depends on you what you wish to use, as there’s no requirement to use the Common. Long story short: Divine Office follows the approved Liturgy of the Hours, and it’s great to use!

      However, if your goal is to use your books (I find it’s a different experience using the book rather than a screen), I recommend a book titled: “The Everyday Catholic’s Guide to the Liturgy of the Hours” by Daria Sockey or “The Divine Office for Dodos” by Madeline Pecora Nugent. You could also check with a local Parish Priest or Deacon, as they are supposed to pray them as well and may use the book.

      Hope all goes well!

      • Thanks so much. I’m getting used to TLOH at this point, getting more accustomed to it, more comfortable with it now.

        I work primarily from the Proper of Seasons, the 4-week Psalter, and the Proper of Saints. It’s getting to be a habit. Yay!

  12. Prayer request:
    From today’s Morning Prayer:
    “May our companions today be free of sorrow,
    — and filled with joy.
    Lord, our God and our Savior.”

    Friends, during your prayer time today, could you please offer up supplication for a family member of a dear friend? Austin is an 8 year-old boy, who yesterday was doing what little boys do in the summertime–enjoying himself playing outside, and becoming so distracted with his play, forgetting to watch out for danger.

    Austin ran out into the road and was hit by a car going 55 miles an hour. The driver barely had time to react and had no time so slow down, but he did swerve, hitting the boy on the side of his car.

    Thankfully, the man who hit him is a physician’s assistant, so Austin had medical attention right away. But his condition is critical, and it is grave. He was in surgery all evening repairing several major organs. When I went to bed get last night, the doctors were still consulting as to how to repair his damaged heart.

    Though only 8 years old, Austin is a Christian as is his family.

    God please have mercy on this little one. Show him your mercy. Comfort him and his family. Have mercy on the person who hit him as he is likely dealing with his own personal trauma. Give the doctors the wisdom to do what is right, and guide their hands. We ask for your will to be done Lord, for the praise and glory of Thy name.

  13. You have a nice site and performing a good service. I’m just wondering why you don’t always say the psalm response (like totay’s moring prayer at Pentecost). Also, is the reason you don’t follow the Liturgy of the Hours hymn selection due to the fact that you don’t have those hymns? Thanks

  14. Dane ~
    Are you familiar with this?

    To hear and download the Top Ten Holy Spirit Songs by Catholic Artists, and other Top Ten lists, go to: 

www.topcatholicsongs.com/HolySpirit/List 


    A selection of hymns and songs, based on themes from the Roman Catholic lectionary for Pentecost Sunday in Year C.

    Most are free-to-use (ie public domain or copyright-free) meaning the words can be copied and sung to at least one tune with no concerns about copyright or performance licensing – sometimes in a limited setting. Many of these hymns are old/traditional – but where possible a variety of styles and genres are included.http://www.liturgytools.net/2013/05/free-hymns-pentecost-sunday-year-c-catholic-lectionary.html

    • Hi Chloe,
      Our challenge is to get good quality recordings. I do like the suggestions made on the link you provided and I can use it to find more traditional versions of the hymns then are available on this site.

      Good news is that we do have someone that is starting to help us with a few of the standard hymns within the LOTH. I hope to use some of them soon.

      Thanks again!

    • There is so much beautiful music for Pentecost and I would love to hear more of the traditional chants.
      One of my favourite settings of the Veni, Creator Spiritus was composed by Domenico Bartolucci and it was sung during the last conclave.
      Here’s a link:
      https://youtu.be/IKtXhfxEgpg

      Stefano Obl.OSB

  15. Was there any reason why there was no chanting for the Feast of Pentecost? I was a bit disappointed since on Sundays and special feast days your group usually does so.Nonetheless, I appreciate all that you do. Wishing you God’s choicest blessings!

    • We don’t have Pentecost recorded. We recorded the chants two years ago and missed Pentecost. I may eventually be able to get another chanted version. Sorry about the disappointment.

  16. Dane and everybody, I would like you guys to know that I, along with many others in my Archdiocese are praying for your Diocese during this transition between bishops. I live in the Archdiocese where Bishop Wester is the new Archbishop. We look forward to welcoming him as our new shepherd. God bless.

  17. Great site. I noticed, though, that for today’s evening prayer, it gives a link to click on if you are celebrating the Ascension on Sunday. However, if you do that, it takes you to the evening prayer for Wednesday, while if you stay on the first page, the prayer is in fact Evening Prayer I for the Solemnity of the Ascension. I hope this makes sense.

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