Divine Office, challenges and changes

Monica on April 20th, 2016 | 51 comments

Dear Divine Office Community,

We have been a ministry dedicated to bringing the Liturgy of the Hours to everyone everywhere for many years. We grew out of an RCIA Committee to become facilitators of thousands of people who pray together. I have dedicated more than 10 years in God’s service to this work. In that zeal to serve and naivety we acquired some permissions, but we are missing some key ones. We have been asked, understandably so, to close off our ministry to new people while we go through the lengthy process of acquiring all permissions for this service and product.

For this reason, we are discounting the Divine Office app for 3 days to allow our existing community and friends access, but after that we will remove it from sale. It will continue to function for as long as we permitted, but until we receive all appropriate permissions it won’t be available again for sale.

Dane Falkner
God servant and producer of Divine Office

The English translation of The Liturgy of the Hours (Four Volumes) ©1974, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved. Used with permission by Surgeworks, Inc for the Divine Office Catholic Ministry. DivineOffice.org website, podcast, apps and all related media is © 2006-2017 Surgeworks, Inc. All rights reserved.

51 thoughts on “Divine Office, challenges and changes

  1. Any update on attaining the permissions needed? I must say this is an excellent ministry that I’ve used quite regularly over the past year. I have the morning, evening, and night prayers, but wish I could get “the full suite.” Thanks for all the hard work on this ministry.

  2. 3 times tonight I tried to open evening prayer and each time the system acknowleged that I was logged in — each time I was required to re log into the system.If this continues, I will cancell my membership – other services cost less.

    Deacon Pat

    • Hello Deacon Pat, this service is free, you know that. We are only sustained by donations, that are given in kindness by our community.
      The issue you mentioned is not from any fault of our own. It is your browser 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.

      God bless us all!

  3. I’m in diaconate formation, and I told my brothers about your iPhone app, because at times some of us are driving and need to pray the Office. Do you have any idea when your app will be available again? None of the other apps I’ve found have an audio option like yours does. Thanks for blessing so many people with your efforts!

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  5. Hi,
    In this new version I can’t find Psalm 95 as the Invitatory but psalm 100 instead. I’d like to pray Psalm 95 please. What to do?
    Thank you. Blazena

  6. I just found this website yesterday. I’m so sorry the app is no longer available for iPhone. Absolutely love the music!

  7. Jesus, in all things, You work for good!
    We, place this situation in Your Hands, Lord God.
    Our eyes are on You; we wait on You.
    We thank you for the blessing of DivineOffice and we ask for Your blessing on each one putting their hand to this plough. Lord, You are our strength; You are our hope; You are our life. Let Thy Will be done, let Thy Kingdom come..

  8. There is surely a precedent for this with Universalis. Whatever arrangements they made for copyright should surely be available for this site and app as well?

    • Universalis uses a non-copyrighted version on line:

      “The psalms and canticles here are our own translation. The Grail translation of the psalms, which is used liturgically in most of the English-speaking world, cannot be displayed on the Web for copyright reasons. The Universalis downloads do contain the Grail translation of the psalms.”

      • JosG, also Universalis is based in the UK, not the US, so are not subject to the USCCB. Even there, they state not only can they not use the Grail Psalms online, but that they do not have permission to use the NAB in the US.

  9. I wonder if it’s getting closer scrutiny because, unlike other Divine Office apps, they are charging for it. I think they should charge, as they have put much time and effort into it.

  10. Clairine, click on “Coffee and Canticles” on the right side of this page under “Good Resources.” There are suggestions where to write, to whom, and what to say. We need to both pray and write both letters and emails. The bishops need to understand how important the LOH is to so many people. We need to be heard!

  11. JosG and Monica: Mother Angelica is perhaps the perfect person to ask to intercede for the Divine Office Ministry. Now that she has passed away, she has even greater access to the Lord and His mother, whether in heaven or purgatory. The communion of saints is so awesome.

  12. It seems that our Divine Office has been an excellent tool for evangelization. Hopefully it will be allowed to continue in this format for many years to come.

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