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  1. This may sound like a dumb question, but here goes. About the new iOS coming up. I am currently using the beta version. When the new one comes out, the website is not going anywhere, right?

    It’s not that I’m too cheap to buy the app. It’s just that my iPhone and iPad belong to my employer and I am not allowed to make purchases for it. I could buy it under a different Apple ID, but there is no guarantee that I will buy my own iOS device as long as my employer keeps providing one.

  2. This is an amazing site! I’ve been pray the Liturgy of the Hours for while now and the app helps tremendously. My wife speaks predominantly Spanish and I was wondering if anyone know of an audio app of the Liturgy of the Hours in Spanish? Thank for the excellent work putting this together.

  3. First, thanks for the notice about problems with the phone app after the new IOS update. It was frustrating to lose access to the site.
    Second, I have no complaints about the readers. I think they are all pretty good and whatever imperfections that exist are no different than the readers one gets at Mass. Some emphasis or drama in the reading voice is fine by me, although I can see how it can go to far.
    As for the accents, I am curious to see what you all come up with. I am not too keen on the heavier British accents, but as long as the entire program does not go to a British accent, a mix is fine. Will there be readers with Spanish or Asian or German accents too?
    Overall, great ministry. Its versatility has allowed me to improve my prayer life, being as much on the go as I am at this stage of my life. Keep up the good work.

    • I do enjoy the new readers and their accents. I hope the recording of the Sunday Night Prayers remains the same as it is truly a gift. If they introduce other readers from around the world, I do hope they include Italian readers:-)

      Stefano

      • At the risk of repeating myself, I agree with Stefano about Sunday’s Night Prayer, it is indeed very special. Also, thanks to Stefano for suggesting the CD Lighten our Darkness by the Cambridge Singers, directed by John Rutter. This includes a full Compline from the Anglican tradition, recorded at Ely Abbey. Any more suggestions from Stefano would be most welcome!
        I like the new readers, but then, I liked the old ones too. We are indeed a worldwide community!

      • Hi Sheila,

        Great to hear from you! I thought about you not too long ago. I recently went on retreat to Saint-Benoit-du-Lac Abbey. While I was there I had the opportunity to pray the Divine Office with the monks in the church in Gregorian Chant. One evening they sang Te lucis ante terminum and I remembered how much you liked that hymn.

        I’m happy you like the Lighten Our Darkness recording. Here are a couple other ones you might like:

        Rachmaninov’s All-Night Vigil.

        Here’s a link to the 2nd movement:
        http://youtu.be/NYxklAuKkao

        Monteverdi: Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (1610). The Sir John Eliot Gardiner recording in the Basilica di San Marco in Venezia is the one I own. The Magnificat is outstanding. My favourite part (which takes place at roughly 7:40 in the video):

        Deposuit potentes de sede:
        Et exaltavit humiles.
        He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
        And has lifted up the lowly.

        Here’s a link to the Magnificat:
        http://youtu.be/TbBRub-rlms

        I hope you enjoy these recordings and the 80s hair styles.

        God Bless you.

        Stefano

  4. Thank all of you at DO very much for sharing your time, talent (especially your voices) and treasure in this most inspiring, uplifting, beautiful ministry. My prayer and cantoring has much improved thanks to all of you. Pax et amorJMJ

  5. Until the ANOYING voice is completely gone. Sorry it is thst ANOYING to my prayer life I begin with morning prayer after the hymn I go daytime prayer. Always two male voices very clean and clay. Then I gi to Zechariah. AGAIN why not record a NEW OUR FATHER she is still in it . Sorry I’m so pickie. GCB

    • Gil, i love this site. It has been such a blessing to me. And the new voices enhance the whole Office with their humble but clear crisp readings. i and others agree with the heart of your complaint. We seek authentic and clear praise and prayer. This is not drama or theater, but Scripture at it’s finest, as it is presented here at Divine Office.

      i often am here in pain and when i hear that disruptive overly emotive voice, i’ve some days cried. As i was seeking the peace of the readings. i pray often for her. Hopefully, the newer voices coupled with the rest of the excellent readers will help. God bless us all.

    • You know what is much more annoying than overly dramatic readings of Scripture by members of the faithful donating their time and talents to help spread the ministry of the Divine Office to the whole of God’s creation? Someone having the unmitigated gall and lack of grace to criticize that effort in such harsh tones. Individuals might not find every reading to their individual preference and/or taste, but please keep in mind–this is a COMMUNITY devotion, not a private one. Just as there are all types that make up the whole of God’s congregation when you gather together at Mass or around the dinner table, so too is this celebrated in the virtual community of prayer over the Internet. The fact that we are often joining only our voice to what we hear coming out of the speakers of whatever device we use does *nothing* to diminish that reality.

      Thank you so much to everyone that has made this ministry possible. The knowledge, the faith, the talents, and the pure dedication you have all brought to this endeavor has helped me immensely in my own journey through integrating my faith into the ebb and flow of my days.

      May God sustain, inspire, and bless your efforts to provide an ever-increasing number of facets which can reflect the pure brilliant love he has for all his Creation.

      • Amen to this comment. I enjoy all the readers and I especially like the “annoying voice” on night prayer!

    • May I suggest that you try another site that features the Divine Office? We are not accustomed to hearing complaints. We gather to pray – hopefully in humble adoration.
      Since you find so much annoying,it might help to simply not turn on the podcast and just do the readings in silence.

      Wishing you God’s choicest blessings!

      • I am thankful for this program; I don’t feel as though I’m saying it alone. I don’t judge the singing (I’m not a singer) just like I don’t judge the choirs at my church or other churches. I am just thankful for them adding to the celebration. God said “Sing joyful songs unto the Lord”. He didn’t say it had to be in perfect harmony or pitch.

      • Divine Office, thanks be to God is now reaching a broad global audience. An audience comprised of God’s children, each with their individual gifts and crosses. Understanding this, we must recognize that not all people can articulate their issues with politesse and sensitivity.

        We must strive, as members of this audience, to treat all with God’s love and patience. Criticism is never pleasant, nor easy. i, who have so very many failings, find it especially difficult to criticize anyone.

        Having grown up in a music centred family, i understand this issue. here at Divine office, i love this woman’s songs and sing right along with her, for her voice is lovely and perfect in pitch. However, used as she is to singing, holding nothing back, God bless her, her voice for simple readings is too strong and emotive. A thing i doubt she can help.

        The staff at Divine Office is doing the very best they can and it shows. i believe Chloe that we must never suggest someone go elsewhere here. We must be patient, loving and kind to all whom we encounter. Criticism tendered appropriately or not., should not be feared.

        i pray that Divine Office continues to grow, its ministry expanded and that the Holy Spirit guide them to best utilize strengths and mitigate weakness.

    • I too love this site. I love and need the Word of God. I have enjoyed all the wonderful people who read for it. The new ones too. I love all the voices and singing. Not one is annoying to me. I am sure none of these voices annoy the LORD either. They are a sweet sound to His ears.
      I been using this site for 2 1/2 years now and have never seen anyone so rudely attack a humble servant of God like you did Gill. I’m praying for you, and the person you injured by your your unkind words . Just because you do not like something, doesn’t mean other people dislike too. And today of all days, it is the Memorial for Francis of Assisi.
      His prayer starts with: ” Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
      where there is hatred, let me sow love;
      where there is injury, pardon; ” … read it ! It is a good prayer.
      May we all remember our focus is not to be on us! These prayers are an offering of praise and worship to God the Father and interceding for the salvation of the whole world. It is Christ’s continued work through us! And in today world, we need to pray! It is are duty. Gill you are that unhappy with this wonderful site’s reader(s) please try another website. Please be respectful to all on this one. Blessing to All!

      • Wishing you God’s choicest blessings, Annette! Your post is wonderful and timely. Thank you!

    • I am quite upset to read the recent hurtful comments about one of Divine Office’s readers who, apparently, has an annoying voice. I hadn’t noticed, and I doubt that most of the site’s community of worshippers had either. We are not at Drama School!

      • I know what you mean Sheila. But I try to not be too critical of people on the other side of this issue. I try to chalk it up as the poor writing skills that social media is causing these days. I think often that the words that are typed are no t the same as what the person is thinking. So much is lost in the translation, and many these days have trouble expressing themselves.

        I know that;s the case with me, plus I sometimes use sarcasm which is often totally lost on the reader, so I have pretty much abandoned it.

        The writing that people do these days tends to be in polarizing tones. Either all for it, or all against it. One extreme or the other.

        Our Pope said it so well the other day:
        “- One, a temptation to hostile inflexibility, that is, wanting to close oneself within the written word, (the letter) and not allowing oneself to be surprised by God, by the God of surprises, (the spirit); within the law, within the certitude of what we know and not of what we still need to learn and to achieve. From the time of Christ, it is the temptation of the zealous, of the scrupulous, of the solicitous and of the so-called – today – “traditionalists” and also of the intellectuals.
        – The temptation to a destructive tendency to goodness [it. buonismo], that in the name of a deceptive mercy binds the wounds without first curing them and treating them; that treats the symptoms and not the causes and the roots. It is the temptation of the “do-gooders,” of the fearful, and also of the so-called “progressives and liberals.”
        – The temptation to transform stones into bread to break the long, heavy, and painful fast (cf. Lk 4:1-4); and also to transform the bread into a stone and cast it against the sinners, the weak, and the sick (cf Jn 8:7), that is, to transform it into unbearable burdens (Lk 11:46).
        – The temptation to come down off the Cross, to please the people, and not stay there, in order to fulfil the will of the Father; to bow down to a worldly spirit instead of purifying it and bending it to the Spirit of God.
        – The temptation to neglect the “depositum fidei” [the deposit of faith], not thinking of themselves as guardians but as owners or masters [of it]; or, on the other hand, the temptation to neglect reality, making use of meticulous language and a language of smoothing to say so many things and to say nothing! They call them “byzantinisms,” I think, these things…
        Dear brothers and sisters, the temptations must not frighten or disconcert us, or even discourage us, because no disciple is greater than his master; so if Jesus Himself was tempted – and even called Beelzebul (cf. Mt 12:24) – His disciples should not expect better treatment…..

        ‘Many commentators, or people who talk, have imagined that they see a disputatious Church where one part is against the other, doubting even the Holy Spirit, the true promoter and guarantor of the unity and harmony of the Church – the Holy Spirit who throughout history has always guided the barque, through her Ministers, even when the sea was rough and choppy, and the ministers unfaithful and sinners.’”

        I was one of those who once was very critical of the dramatic voices and some of the music. But over time, I have gotten used to them. It really is very much like one person mentioned, like being at Mass.

  6. Good Evening, you Amazing Divine Office People!!
    I just got the message about trying to resolve the issues sinc the iOS8 updates. Thank you!! You work so hard to produce this, record everything and make it come off without a hitch. Then you have to worry about the problems caused by others. I appreciate everything you do to make our prayer lives and spiritual experiences as consistent and uninterrupted as possible. I hope God will gift each of you with a huge dollop of joy tomorrow,just so you know how your work and mission gifts us! Mar

  7. Just want you to know the office of reading is in my small Christian Prayer book at the back but is not in the Large Print version. I am desperately trying to learn the office and I am still doing it very badly. The book for dodo’s I failed. I could not follow it at all. Thank you for this or I would not be doing the office at all. God Bless you

    • Hi Lavenderbeth,
      What kind of problems do you seem to be having? I’m guessing you have the little yearly paper guide?

      A few months ago, I wrote up a guide for a single day of Christian Prayer, July 7th, 2014:

      Pages needed for today: Morning Prayer (MP): 792, Day Prayer (DP): 998, Evening Prayer (EP): 798, Night Prayer (NP): 1041, Office of Readings (OOR): 1809. There is no Saint or person being honoured today, else they would be on page 1191.

      If you are to follow the Daily Office in total, your day will look like this (from page 35):
      - Morning: Invitatory, followed by the office of readings, followed by the morning prayer
      - Daytime Prayer (Mid-morning, noon, mid-afternoon)
      - Evening Prayer
      - Night Prayer
      - If it is not a special day within the Proper of Saint’s, meaning adjusted prayers, you are free to recite the prayer which recognizes the Saint of the day, if you desire.

      - The two major hours are morning and evening, and they always use the ordinary, which begins on page 686. The ordinary is not only a guide to those two hours, but contains the invitatory psalm said in the morning, and antiphon’s used during special seasons, like Christmas and Easter, as well as the Gospel canticle, and special intercessions, if you desire to use them.

      Morning Prayer:
      Go to page 792 to begin the hours and find the invitatory antiphon (ant.) This is said before a psalm is begun, and between each strophe (paragraph). If you are just reciting it on your own, it doesn’t need to be repeated after each strophe, but I enjoy doing it. Turn to page 688, and do psalm 95, the invitatory. Once completed, head back to page 792 to do today’s prayer. We always begin by reciting one of the stated hymn’s which is found at the back of the book.

      - Returning to page 793, you’ll find antiphon 1, which is said before you start reading the first psalm. Upon finishing this psalm, it is not noted, but the “Glory to the Father, as it was in the beginning”, is repeated after you recite a psalm. You can now either repeat antiphon 1, or say the psalm-prayer and repeat the antiphon.

      - Recite antiphon 2, and move forward to the canticle. The Glory to the Father is repeated after the canticle, except on Sunday Week I, or feast days (It is usually noted within the text), followed by antiphon 2.

      - Move to antiphon 3 and recite psalm 19A, finishing with the Glory to the Father, and then antiphon 3 either before or after the psalm-prayer.

      - Next is the reading and the responsory.

      - We then come to the canticle of Zechariah. Use this antiphon and head back to page 691, where you’ll find the daily Gospel canticle of Luke 1:68-79. Say the antiphon, and recite this passage. Repeat the Glory to the Father…followed by the antiphon.

      - Head back to page 797 and read the intercessions. The ‘antiphon’ here is “Preserve us in your ministry, Lord’. You repeat this at the end of each section. For example: “Christ, eternal priest….on your people..grant that we…able to the father” —> ‘Preserve us in your ministry, Lord’.

      - After the intercessions, you’ll reach the Our Father. I enjoy reciting one of the brief invitations, which are found back at page 692 and 693. It’s one or two lines recited before you say the Our Father. Finish your hour with the prayer, and you’re done!

      Days that are solemnities or feasts are a little more difficult. let me know if you’d like to post a guide to one of them so you get the idea.

      God Bless! I hope you become more comfortable with using Christian Prayer :)

  8. I am so glad I found this website. I used to have a leaflet guideline that went with my CHRISTIAN PRAYER Book. Do you sell those by themselves any long. I really would to know since I do not always get on computer. God Bless

  9. My husband and I have been praying the Divine Office with you for almost two weeks and love it so much that we each downloaded the app on our phones. Question: At least twice int the past week, my Night Prayer app shows “No audio available” while my husband’s does have the audio. How is that possible? Also, we will each have our apps open and his will show a drastically different number of people now praying than what mine shows. Just wondering, that’s all. God bless!

  10. One of the things I like best about the iPad app–at least, the beta version, is the In Prayer” section. It shows you a map of the world highlighting where people are located. As I write this, there are 1,219 people connected. It is awesome to where they are all from. The vast majority are USA, and most of this in the Mid-West and east. I see the Philippines, Korea, India, even Qatar and the United Arab Emirates! And we are not all praying the same portion as we are all in different time zones. Yet it one single prayer, that never ends.

    It really calls to mind Rev. 8:3-4. “Another angel with a golden censer came and stood at the altar; he was given a great quantity of incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar that is before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.”

    • I find the I Pad to be the best for my daily prayers. I love the Liturgy of the hours. What a great way to start our day.i’ve been critical in the past about certain voices but this seems to be clearing up. I feel it would be nice at closing may God Bless You in the name of the Father etc these people showvREAL devotion they will be blessed. Thank you. ( The Catholic )
      FR. GILL

  11. Tonight’s Evening Office was the best i’ve heard here. All voices were smooth clear and very engaging! i adore the new British accents to your team, they add a welcome depth and character to every line. Well done and welcome all newcomers <3

  12. It’s great to hear they new voices today. Being in England Imam biased because of the accents! But as I loved the old voices, it is nice to have a change.

  13. Sending a special welcome to our 2 new lector leading the Divine Office today. It was so nice to hear new voices! I wish we could get photos of all of you with your names on the Facebook page.

  14. Hi, all!

    I just wanted to say that this is my first attempt at starting the Liturgy of the Hours, and I was beyond excited to find this site because I hadn’t the foggiest idea of how one prayed the Divine Office. I’m a college-aged nursing student, and I really hope my 12 hr shifts wont get in the way of prayer the LOH! Anyway, thanks again for all those who keep this site running!

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