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  1. Hi and blessings from Buenos Aires, done in South America!!!!
    I’m so grateful with all the one’s who made the app possible!!! It made me very easy to follow the daily prayers, but mainly, it makes me sensitively belong to a praying community, which I always understood the deepest aim of the office and the whole Catholic Liturgy.

  2. Our Holy Father has declared (THE YEAR OF SAINT JOSEPH)
    Good Joseph who is so often forgotten. Let us make this Year of JOSEPH sine through out the world. I dedicated myself to HIM and He never let me down. When you think of the sacrifices he made, with Our Blessed Mother, to bring the Baby JESUS, into our world. Please contact me if your doing something special,for JOSEPH. We must all do something. Fr. Gill

  3. Cry out with joy to the Lord…Prayers for family members who are in need of healing in both body and mind. Let the Lord hear their cries and bestow joy upon them. Thank you

  4. Please pray for our America, our President Trump’s reelection peacefully, and an end to evil doers trying to destroy us and our right to worship and unalienable rights. Pray for this virus to cease forever and for for healing of all suffering the effects of the virus, physically, emotionally, mentally, and financially! Pray for an end to abortion ! Amen I love you dear Lord, Thank you for all my blessings of family and friends! You know what is in my heart Dear Lord! I thank you! Amen!

  5. Oh, our Lady of Sorrows, how I miss your profound presences and prayer in the woods and hollows of your shrine at Starkenburg Mo. You are forever in my heart no matter how many states between us as your son Jesus is too!
    Keep your children, parishioners, benefactors safe in all ways and end the spread and existence of this virus that keeps us on our knees. Bless those in arms way and infected ones who die alone and those families who mourn their loss. Thank you Mother for speaking to your Son. Amen

  6. I offer prayers of thanksgiving for the grace of God’s clarity today. I had been grappling with a problem; an unsolvable one…or so I thought. Out of frustration I gave it to God and begged for clarity. I then went about my business and within an hour the answer came to me. I applied it and my problem disappeared leaving me peaceful. I was, and still am, dumbfounded. I’m grateful beyond measure and know that God will be my FIRST consultant on any problem in the future. With deep gratitude, Melissa Mruskovich

  7. Our Lady of Sorrow,
    Please interceded to the Father, the Son and to the Spirit for my husband and I to be united in safety, in love and in forgiveness and in Jesus’s will for us. Amen.

    Thank you Jesus our God and our protector and our redeemer. We praise Your Name. Thank you our Mother in Heaven and Mother of God.

  8. Thank you for this website.

    Our church bulletin (St. Georges in Apache Junction, AZ) encouraged us to do something new for Lent rather than giving something up. Reciting “The Liturgy of the Hours” was a suggestion.

    I have been reciting “The Liturgy of the Hours” since then.

    To me it is a time of meditation and contemplation that I look forward to.

  9. Hello,

    I have just recently gotten back into The Divine Office; although, I am only using a Breviary. It is difficult for me to do any of the other hours except Lauds and Vespers. Is there anyone who can point me to someone or something that can help guide me with the Breviary on how to pray the Office of Readings?

    Please help, as it would be great joy if I could do so.

    – Daniel C.

    • Hi Daniel; this is something asked so often, because our lives are too fast/busy/cluttered…the generic “answer” is, there is an app for that. However, you probably know this already; and yet you ask. Bravo!! I believe the best answer is to develop the habit of mental stillness, in those moments when it is possible.
      Regardless of whether you have your own office or not, I would resist the urge to get up and hang a sign on the door, lock it, or tell your secretary you are tied up…no, think of Jesus. His day was rather stuffed; He was roused early by John the Beloved to whisper and have tea; all day long the others were taught, answered, they traveled, the hangers-on and desperate emissaries from hither and yon would arrive with petitions; but Jesus didn’t lose His cool with them, or even run out of energy. What He had was comunion with the Father. Well, Halleluiah, we can have communion with Him in the Triune God. But not, at first, instantly; practice turning your whole consciousness Godward, whenever it happens that there is a break in things. It will be brief; do not try to control the circumstances; this is where the perfectionist in us gets sent to the back of the bus. Before long, there will be plenteous refreshment in the desert; you will have your fill, a sip at a time. The thing humanity is losing now, because of our Electronic Life and the SquirrelMind it induces, is the art of Contemplation. Many dutifully attend Eucharistic Adoration and bring a book, for the hour seems wearisome, Give up, offer to the Lord, that inability to do the complete Office, for now; one day circumstances will change. For now, develop the Mind of Christ…it will set you free, to worship truly, to rest and be refreshed, to hear all day, the moment you inwardly turn toward the One Eternal, that Still, small Voice.

      • Thank you so much. Beautiful advice. As a nurse, I find those moments when doing the obligatory “20 second” hand wash between activities. This actually adds up and is incredibly comforting accompanied by several deep breaths.

    • Hello, Daniel –

      Grace and peace! In addition bluecarmel’s response back in Aug 2020 – I would share with you something I started doing several years ago (prior to retirement, which contrary to popular belief, really does NOT give you a lot of available time!!) It’s something I drew from the Eastern Rite, after I started reading a book called the Philokalia, and from that one titled The Way of a Pilgrim. It basically uses what is known in catholic & orthodox circles as The Prayer, or The Jesus Prayer:

      “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”

      In the Pilgrim, it mentions a shortened version of The Prayer, which you link to your natural respiratory rhythm.

      On inhalation, “Lord Jesus Christ –
      on exhalation, Have mercy on me”

      Only you recite it mentally – not verbally. In doing this, it connects you mind and body to God, mind and heart so to speak (or pray!)

      The Philokalia or The Way – don’t recall which expressed it, identified how The Prayer allows us the ability to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thes. 5:16)

      Just take a minute a couple times a day, even several times a day, when you have literally have a free moment – and recite those seven words concentrating on the three when you inhale, and the petition when you exhale. You have to do this mentally for a week, maybe two, but you will soon realize during the harried moments of the day, when you get that brief moment of doing nothing you will find yourself reciting it with the natural flow of your own breathing.

      The Way of the Pilgrim, and The Pilgrim Continues (2nd book) can be found at Archive dot org – just search the titles.

      God Bless! – Noel

  10. I am trying to find the hymn that i have heard here on Divine Office. A female vocalist sings, “love one another as I have loved you.” Perhaps “Truly, I tell you…. my peace I give to you.”
    Thank you, + Deacon John

  11. I would just like to thank you, and all who make it possible, most sincerely for continuing to bring us the breviary during this very trying time of lockdown in the world. I am in South Africa. I am sure that there are many people throughout the world who use this breviary and are very grateful. May God bless you. Deacon Lawrence Augustine.

  12. “Though you might feel worn-out or less enthusiastic, keep your spirits up. Dark clouds pass and won’t continue to block out the sunlight. Just wait for the clouds to pass.”
    –Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan

    “He who endures to the end will be saved.”
    –Matthew 10: 22

    Faith Lift: Perseverance in Faith

    “Faith is an entirely free gift that God makes to man. We can lose this priceless gift, as St. Paul indicated to St. Timothy: ‘Wage the good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting conscience, certain persons have make shipwreck of their faith.’ To live, grow, and persevere in the faith until the end we must nourish it with the word of God; we must beg the Lord to increase our faith; it must be ‘working through charity,’ abounding in hope, and rooted in the faith of the Church.”
    –Catechism of the Catholic Church #162

    Mercy Lift:
    “Have great confidence; God is always our Father, even when He sends us trials.”
    –St. Faustina

    Faith and Sight

    So I go on, not knowing,
    –I would not, if I might–
    I would rather walk in the dark with God
    Than go alone in the light;
    I would rather walk with Him by faith
    Than walk alone by sight.
    –Mary Gardner Brainard, 1837-1905

    To see more daily inspiration during these difficult times go to
    Faithful to Church Teachings

  13. Doctors of the Church.
    St. Albertus Magnus-1931,St. Alphonsus Liguori-1871,St. Ambrose*-1298,St. Anselm-1720,St. Anthony of Lisbon and Padua-1946,St. Athanasius*-1568,St. Augustine*-1298,St. Basil the Great*-1568,St. Bede the Venerable*-1899,St. Bernard of Clairvaux-1830,St. Bonaventure-1588,St. Catherine of Siena-1970,St. Cyril of Alexandria*-1883,St. Cyril of Jerusalem*-1883,St. Ephrem*-1920,St. Francis de Sales-1877,St. Gregory of Narek*[16]-2015,St. Gregory of Nazianzus*-1568,St. Hilary of Poitiers*-1851,St. Gregory the Great*-1298,St. Hildegard of Bingen-2012,St. Isidore of Seville*-1722,St. Jerome*-1298,St. John Chrysostom*-1568,St. John Damascene*-1890,St. John of Ávila-2012,St. John of the Cross-1926,St. Leo the Great*-1754,St. Peter Canisius-1925,St. Peter Chrysologus*-1729,St. Peter Damian-1828,St. Robert Bellarmine-1931,St. Teresa of Ávila-1970,St. Thérèse of Lisieux-1997,St. Thomas Aquinas-1567

  14. I’m 80 years old. I can’t recall now how many years I’ve had the Divine Office app but it must have been almost from your beginning. When it was not IOS updated, I continued to get it on my old iPad!. Then I discovered the this website. I am a Dominican Tertiary, it is amazing to me that Divine Office linked me to a praying community of Franciscians! I’m living with the Little Sisters of Poor now and can still go outside with iPad and pray with you. It is a great comfort to me! Thank you for all you!

  15. I am sure no one is happy being confined to their homes . We make the best of it. As a retired priest I miss going to my Church and being-with parishioners. In reality they are the Church. I have taking of what I have ( Time ) to occupy myself doing crafts selling them and sending the money to St. Jude Hospital for Children. (A busy mind is a Less Tempted Mind.) As a sinner I Thank God for the time I still have on earth. I’m 85, As I said many time. Be Ready You Never Know When
    HE WILL CALL. Fr. Gill

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