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  1. I wrote not too long ago for help and am still having the same problem. Please try to help me again. Sometimes (not always) I cannot gain access to the day’s prayers. (Sometimes, I admit, I am finally sitting down to pray Vespers and Compline and it is 1:30 a.m. the next morning, but with the various options available, I still can’t get access to those prayers. But choosing an unconventional time is not an apt description for the main trouble I am having so I don’t want to focus on that.) Just now I tried to pray Midday prayer and it took me nineteen attempts at rechoosing the date or re-choosing midday prayer, etc., and finally I got it. Most days I can get Office of Readings easily but simply cannot get into the Invitatory at all. If I were unable to gain access to everything all the time, that would be something that I think your last response would address. But I can gain access to some of the prayers some of the time and vice versa. Today I had to use my breviary for the Invitatory and Morning Prayer, but could gain access here for Readings and, as I’ve mentioned, to Midday Prayer also, but only after 19 attempts. (I counted this time to render the best description I can of what happens.) Yesterday I accessed Midday Prayer with no difficulty at all. I really can’t imagine anymore whether that means the trouble is with my computer or at your end, but I so appreciate this site that I do wish we could resolve it. Suggestions?

    • Hello Michael, do write to [email protected] when you have difficulties like those you mentioned in your comment. I might miss a comment, but not an email to support. Here is what you need to know and do:
      It is the browser you use that is caching the "welcome" page in place of the correct page. It should be enough to press shift-reload (CTRL+R for Windows) on any given page to force the browser to load everything from the server instead of using the copy stored on your local computer. If that doesn’t work, please try this:

      A simple search with google for how to empty browser cache for, let’s say, Safari on iPhone, will get you the instructions you need if that link I sent is not useful.

      There is an "around the issue solution" but only if you can’t manage to delete the browser cache. Scroll to the end of the page you do manage to open and access the prayers from the links at the bottom of the page.

      • Thank you, Monica. I’ll try those instructions right away. As I was writing, I had the recollection that there was a more private way to correspond about such needs, but I couldn’t remember where to find it! Thank you for your patience and you apostolate here. Father Michael, O.P.

      • Father Michael, there is that blue dot – Ask us a question, on our website, bottom of the page on the right side, click on that and write to me.
        Also, please note, there is an X in the upper right hand corner of the window that will open, it is light grey, click that to close the window. If the window is to big and it doesn’t fit all in the screen, so you can find the X to close it, please make the size of the text smaller, then close the window and adjust the text again as you need.

        I hope this will help others reading this message, to get in contact as well. God bless!

  2. Hi Madya,

    I do not often read the comments on this website, but have done the past few days. We are His children and it is the same Lord that loves each one of us, and he does love each one of us in spite of our imperfections. How wonderful is His love! He asks us to love one another also.

    I am aware of my own failings in this regard. At times I forget how important it is to think about what I am saying and that it can be received differently than I had intended, so sometimes it is better to remain silent than to speak out. This is all the more true when expressing thoughts on a website, where non-verbal clues to the message are missing. I apologise if anything I have written here has been divisive rather than expressing that love and unity. The Scriptures [was it St Paul writing?] says that we should say only those things that are necessary to build up our brothers and sisters [excuse my paraphrase – I am on my break at work so cannot look up the reference properly].

    In any case, this website is and has been an enormous blessing to me since I was received into communion with the RC Church almost six years ago. I learnt to pray the Divine Office with the help of this website [and these readers] soon after that first Easter Vigil. I am very grateful.

    I am also very encouraged to read of your immense enthusiasm and dedication to our Lord and our Holy Mother, Madya, and this in spite of your significant health problems, perhaps even because of them. We find comfort in great sufferings when we offer them up to the Lord and He draws us closer to Himself through them. Keep up your enthusiasm in your prayers, Madya. I hope that you will be blessed with strength to continuing doing God’s work. May He enlighten your soul. May God bless everyone reading this. We are siblings in Christ – different to one another yet one in His Body. May the peace of Christ be with you. Thank you.

  3. OH sorry- maybe you were talking about my bad grammar? I apeak 3 languages- English is not my first language- so I tend to say I instead of myself or other words- Thanks for your kind remark Ill add you to my prayer list! Yes I like to write a lot- but nobody HAS to read it- they could pray a rosary instead!
    God bless your diaconate and your community.

  4. After reading all the comments on how the prayers are recited I must say that even tho it is distracting it is a lot better than when I first started praying with DO a few years ago. I felt like I was at a stage play then. Also not to focus on just one reader, one of the male voices also should should be aware that his hesitation in some of his readings is a distraction .
    Divine Office has come a long way and I thank them for the time and effort they put in this apostolate. I just hope the readers receiving all these comments have broad enough shoulders to accept this constructive criticism in love.
    If we let anger come into this comment section, than we are doing the devils work. Criticism (if it needs to be said) should be done with love for our neighbor. Let”s pray for each other as well as for all who make this site possible. God bless, Bobbie

  5. A comment about all of the comments on reading “dramatically”. I’m sure everyone has their personal preference of exactly how they would like to hear each passage – and those preferences will inevitably differ.

    However, as one who proclaims reading as a lector, I believe there is a middle ground between simply reading a text and doing a dramatic interpretation. To read with expression is to allow the Spirit to bring the words to life through me – to convey a meaning and not just recite words.

    This is not so easy to do. (Try recording yourself reading and notice how challenging this can be!) In event, I am grateful for all who do their best to lead me in prayer here. When I find myself irritated or distracted by a manner of reading, I remind myself that the fault most likely lies within me.

    • No , MKB . The fault does not lie with you , it lies with the reader . I know you are trying to be kind , but we should also be honest . The church teaches us to read with a certain rhythm , but teaches us not to read dramatically . We should obey the churches instructions on it .
      We should also be grateful for the hard work put into it , and express our appreciation , which we have . Constructive , honest criticism , especially when it has been requested , is loving and helpful .

      • Hi moirajean,
        Thanks for your comment – but I was not simply being kind. When I become irritated and distracted by little things, the fault is in me. Why? Because typically the underlying issue is a sort of pride, a hidden thought that I could do it better – or, if not, that I know better than this person how it ought to be done.
        While the Church gives us guidelines on how to proclaim the word, it does not micromanage each and every voice that tries to serve – it could not. And we all have different voices and understanding.
        I have read that, among the very holy, there is no irritation or distraction – because they are truly humble and have their hearts fixed on God rather than themselves. (I am certainly not at that point myself but see it as something to aspire to.) This does not preclude offering suggestions but I believe the suggestion has been made and so it is time to turn our hearts back to God.

    • Gerald La vigne trning off the sound is not an option. At my age I need help in prAying of which I dedicate 2 hours every morning., I am 81 and have complained in the past on the DRAMA which I believe is a put on. NO ONE speaks that way all the time.. I thank God for those who dedicate their time and energy to this needed program. MY SUGGESTION would be to put the drama on all EXCEPT morning and evening prayer of which is most used. I have been a priest for many many years and at this age I still serve several Masses in a local parish weekly. I became a priest to serve HIS people and I will die at the altar. As a sinful man I ask GOD for forgiveness and maybe the drama is my punishment here on earth..

      • yes Dear Father-
        accept all sufferings in Christ’s name.Do it with happiness- with and honor to serve in the line of Melchizedeck-through your priesthood- our Most Adorable Lord channels His graces and blessings to your community.Do not allow a simple thing to take your mind off the Lord- offer everything- I have cancer- IM in a lot of pain, I take 50 pills daily – but I offer every pain,every tear, every thought , every hardship.
        Suffering with a smile Fr- when my hands , my face and my chest hurt I say thank you my Lord- I can still take some more- send it to me and I offered myself as His victim for His wonderful love and incredible sublime sacrifice on the Cross-
        So if you are healthier than me- and I hope you are- continue your priesthood and offer yourself every moment- for God has a great reward for us that love Him , especially the ones that He called and the ones that He blessed with painful fatal illnesses.Be a model of suffering with joy- I’m nothing Father and you should see how many come by to ask me about Jesus, and how many IM able to comfort by His Holy name in my cancer blogs- I never thought I could be spreading His Godspel- but He has blessed me abundantly with pain and suffering- He is joy of my life Father.God bless you Ill pray for you!

  6. I am very busy during the day,as a Religious. My daily duties keeps me busy along with our prayer in common and private time for prayer. I have time to pray the rosary every morning. I would never have time to pray 20 a day.Even on retreat days.You must spend the whole day praying the rosary. Our work is also prayer.As our founder-St.Vincent de Paul told us about prayer…you may have to leave your prayers…leave God for God.Please tell us how you have time to pray the whole rosary 20 times a way.

    • Dear Brother I explained it on another reply but its very simple- divide your day in 5 and dedicate one hour for the four misteries-that’s it-
      lets see -at six, at 12 at 3 at 8 at 10 or whatever time-I go to Mass 5 times on Sunday-4 times on Saturday- and three times at least during the week- including funeral and wedding Masses.I spend from 2-30 to seven in adoration every afternoon-
      I don’t think its nothing special- I just have the time and vocation- its great for the souls, for my soul and I don’t even have to tell you the amount of graces and consolation being a PRAYER WARRIOR brings to us,
      Yes, that’s what we that pray incessantly are- and in my prish Holy Cross and Holy Redeemer we have a lot of people that dedicate their lives to prayer and adoration only-not just me- we go to confession every two or three days and weekly at least- and we spend hours with our Eucaristic Lord- See how blessed we are!!! Then the Lord allows us wedding and funerals a lot in our parishes- so we can earn extra indulgences with this Mercy of these Masses- so let the world call me whatever- we Adore His Wonderful Majesty all day long!! We never want to see Jesus alone-and wont stop until we die- and the fruits of loving Him? Holy Cross is having soul after soul deciding to join and become seminarists and deacons- and Holy Redeemer we have 35 semirarists- Lord what Graces!!!!

    • oh Vincent- I pray for FR Dorsey and Fr R Tim and Fr Ramon I will add you too my prayer list-
      Pray without cease- pray for one another- God bless you!!

    • Dear Brother- what does St Vicent de Paul say of Father Pio that prayed 36 rosaries every day?
      Isnt Padre Pio a Saint as well-?

      Leave God for God-then what does it means -your God is true and mine isn’t?
      Allow Jesus to judge my heart- what I say- whatever I say- well it’s always said with a smile and a laugh but remember-I M for peace but they are for fighting lol!!!

  7. Absolutely, moirajean. We are indeed aiming to provide positive and constructive feedback which is invariably accompanied by a word of thanks and sincere appreciation for the work of everyone who contributes to this beautiful ministry.

    I think Madya may have misunderstood the intentions of other folk who had provided well-intended feedback. It is possible to provide comment that differs from that provided by others [even opposes it] if one is able to do so gently and charitably, remembering that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. I hope this was her intention [although, in all fairness, it did not come across that way].

    As someone who regularly reads at Mass in two local parishes I can say that I have learned to modulate the speed and tone of my reading. I have learned by listening to several other exceptional readers in our parishes that a predominantly neutral tone with very sparing use of expression carries the words and the meaning of the Scripture across exceptionally well. I am very grateful for their example to me.

    May I reiterate with so many others that I am very grateful to everyone who contributes to this ministry. May God bless you all.

  8. Lots of people say they are distracted by the drama ; and indeed in church the readers are specifically taught not to add their own drama . Please allow other people to express their honest and polite opinions , without being attacked . Thankyou

  9. Love absolutely everything about this site and am so very thankful to all of the dedicated staff members who work diligently to provide us this ministry. Thank you Mayda for your beautiful words of wisdom, I thoroughly enjoy reading your writings as they truly touch my heart ❤️ Praise be to God and may God continue to bless all of us with His infinite love, mercy, peace, joy and kindness. Amen

  10. Moirajean and others,
    First, and most important, the DO staff does a remarkable job and gives us a most wonderful gift. The vast majority of us go to the internet or app each day to pray along with the readers, either silently or out loud. When the psalms are sung or chanted, there is a definite cadence, rhythm, speed that allows those of us who wish to pray out loud with the staff to do so comfortably. When the prayers are simply read, it becomes difficult for us at home to stay in sync with the reader or to express our emotions or fervor if a reader is expressing her own emotional content through a dramatic reading of the prayer. That is why in church priests and readers read straightforwardly to enable each person to feel their own response. Dramatic reading is an art meant to elicit emotions in the audience from the actor. Liturgy, prayer are highly personal and should be left to each participants’ inner response. To turn off the sound defeats the very reason we use our devices to connect with others. It truly is a jarring sensation to be praying along with various readers and to suddenly have to stop because a dramatic reading moves the focus from me and my response to the prayer and places it squarely on the dramatic reader’s interpretation. I do not believe anyone means to insult a dramatic reader; this is simply a plea for straightforward reading that is no different than what is done in churches, abbeys and convents everywhere.

    • Yes , carol . I totally agree with you ! You are preaching to the converted . I too , listen to the audio and say the prayers out loud and find it distracting when the reader is dramatic. .
      So we are singing from the same song sheet , aren’t we . ?

    • Amen. Several members of my family have found the need to turn the volume off when the readings are dramatized. And since those readings are recorded, the same dramatic emphasis is duplicated ad infinitum, This site is well loved, but I thought I add to the thread here, both for myself and my family.

  11. Hi, for some reason the globe is not working right on my iphone app. It says it is offline even if I am on my home wifi. I enjoy seeing where people around the world are in prayer at the same time. Was wondering if this function is no longer available. Thank you.

  12. Dear brothers and sisters,
    Many years ago when the Divine Office was being recorded, I discovered a wonderful dedicated group of people, lead by Dane Falkner, and found inspiration to help out. Over all I had 33 Catholic websites add the Divine Office link to their websites.
    With the growth of technology, which I do not have any cell phone, or i Pads, or hand held devices in my elderly age, I could only watch the rapid and technological growth spreading this prayer to millions of people. Oh my contribution was minimal, and I hope benefited Dane Falkner’s wonderful development in the technological age in some small way. God bless everyone. The Lord can do wonders if we ask with a sincere and contrite heart. Let’s promote the Divine Office’s growth and support with our prayers.
    Please pray for me and my health issues. Also for the 100th Anniversary of the Feast of Fatima. May Our Lady help the world in its fallen ways. Peace and Goodness be with you always.

    • I love Divine Office in my old age it’s VERY helpful however I would like less drama. It would make it more meaningful. But I thank GOD for everything no offence please

      • Gill, as an octagenerian I can appreciate your comment. As a suggestion, why not try turning the sound off and reciting the prayers like we did back when we were using the book and could still remember the hows and whys of flipping back and forth. Turn the sound up, tho for the hymns and chants, they are inspiring. Peace and Good to you and to all.

      • I agree with you , Gill . No offence meant ; but I also think the drama , especially by one particular reader , is very distracting. We should leave the Holy Spirit to emphasise what He wants to emphasise to each individual ; but when a reader puts in their own emphasis and drama , it can take away from what the Holy Spirit is doing. I have mentioned this many times , but it doesn’t seem to be noted. However , I love this site and appreciate all of the work that is put into it , and all the readers . Thankyou all so much and God Bless you all .

      • Moira Jean, this is very well said. I think we do sometimes forget that it is the work of the Holy Spirit to interpret the Scriptures and Psalms and grant understanding to the individual who is praying. I, too, Gill find excessive drama in the readings very distracting. In my experience, the best readers are those who keep to a steady reading pace [not too fast] and who maintain a somewhat neutral tone as they read.
        Gerald, I do exactly what you do – I turn off the volume to pray the Psalms and readings [except on Sundays when it is sung and so lovely to pray along with]. That way, I can pause and reflect as I pray, but the hymns and chants on this site are wonderful and I do appreciate that those who are giving their time to this ministry are giving generously and freely to God’s work. Thank you all. May I say that I particularly love the beautiful chants by Kathleen, Rebecca and Johanna under copyright of Surgeworks and Melinda’s beautiful hymns. I have purchased both of her CDs. Thank you all and God bless, Joan

  13. Hello Fr Clifton. I live in New Zealand so I am much earlier and each morning when I log in I have to change the date as the site is still on the previous day. When I forget I always receive a note to say I am on yesterdays date and have the chance to change it . That note comes up in a light grey shade and can be overlooked. Please look out for it.

  14. Near the top on the right hand side it says “Pick a date”. I find that sometimes works when clicking ” tomorrow” on left top doesn’t.

    • @JosG, to report issues like this, I have found that if you click on the light blue button in the lower right works well. It is the one that sometimes says “Ask A Question”. Seems like it sends an email to Monica because she responds quickly when using that. Thanks for taking a moment to help make this site better.

      • Thanks for the tip. However I am not sure whether a problem is with the site or with my computer. I have an old, rebuilt laptop that I got cheap to have as a backup. I keep it in my prayer corner; use it just for Divine office. Its performance is rather flaky. The site usually works fine on my desktop in another room.l

    • I am having an issue with audio too. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes I get a long blue arrow and have to click on download on another page. It plays then but on a black screen and I can’t follow along with the text! Maybe someone can look into that. I am using a tablet. It was fine several months ago.

    • Hello, when there are troubles with the audio files on the app, please send a message through the bug reports link in your app, so that we’re provided with debug information. We recently made some changes that will allow us to have more information about the issue and thus, a more efficient way to solve it. Thank you. God bless!

  15. I am a priest in India, and our day begin much earlier than yours!!!!! so whenever I try to change it to “tomorrow.” I get back to the original page of registering myself again, with the password etc , and back to the date like today 6th Jan. for us it is 7th Jan. PLEASE please, I depend on you instead of turning pages of my breviary.

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