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Divine Office New Website Design

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This is the Liturgy of the Hours for December 31. Your local date is .

Dear Community,

At the start of the New Year, our gift to you is a new website design with a different architecture. We meant it to be fresh and beautiful, to promote our members’ interactions with one another and to encourage and sustain our need to immerse in prayer away from daily distractions.

We have had the old website for 14 years and while some of you might have been very comfortable using it, we are sure the need for a change will become obvious once you’ll get to know the new design and what it has to offer.

The new website design was announced a few weeks back and some of you got to test it and offer valuable feedback on the experience. We thank you all for your effort!

We take this opportunity to guide you briefly through the key changes and the new features:

  • We added to the website the 3D Spinning Globe, showing how many people around the world are praying with you, this used to be an exclusive feature of the Divine Office app.
  • We worked on and improved the Comment and the Prayer Request section by adding the option to post short Intercessory Prayers and Personal Reflections directly below each prayer for the day.
  • We also added a Community Forum, it can be used to share your experience, seek for spiritual support or ask questions about our Catholic faith to the other members.
  • My Profile page was augmented to contain your personal activity on the website, either prayers or discussion topics. And if you are a Contributor to our work, you’ll also have access to your contribution records along with the option to update the contribution.
  • We added more features that before were only available in our apps: you can now switch the website colour scheme (dark/light), increase the font size, change the audio playback speed, and access a Full-Screen Prayer Room — completely focused on praying the Liturgy of the Hours.

Here is a video guide, an Introduction to the Divine Office New Design:

Remember you can write to [email protected] if you have questions or need guidance or while on the website, use the support button on the bottom-right of your screen.

The website redesign was made possible by the constant and generous support of our contributors and was months in the making. We are grateful and hope you’ll receive the change with joy and spread the news in your community. By doing so you’ll be contributing to our mission of promoting the ancient tradition of praying the Liturgy of the Hours.

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

– Divine Office Team

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28 responses to “Divine Office New Website Design”

  1. Kevin Bach says:

    It would be very helpful on the invitatory psalm page to add links to the other invitatory psalms that we might choose what we prefer.

  2. Of Snow says:

    I am a lay third order Lay Carmelite and I enjoy saying my prayers following the website as it makes me feel that I am in a community praying together. A lot of us are following the Liturgy of the Hours from your website. Thank you for all of your hard work in completing this site. God Bless All of You!

  3. Guenther says:

    New website is Great. Prayers. Many Thanks.

  4. Fannie says:

    Oh, how I love the audio when I’m walking alone in the woods or on trails in the park…..or just sitting alone in my backyard!!! It is unbelievably awesome to be praising God and listening to the Readings and Psalms in the beauty of His creation! Many thanks to the cantors of hymns and the readers.Thank you so much for creating and continuing to improve this site for God’s faithful. AMDG

  5. Kevin Bach says:

    Spinning globe is a functional waste of webpage space, burns battery and CPU, and has questionable contribution to prayer from this website.

    • Jeanne Barry says:

      But, it is beautiful!

      • Kevin Bach says:

        You can do many beautiful things on a website. That doesn’t mean you should. I have blocked the “beautiful spinning globe” with a blocker extension so it is no longer a distraction.

    • Mauro Dalu says:

      Hi Kevin! Have you tried the “full-screen version” of the site? That is tailored to give you full focus on the prayers and the globe is out of the way. You can still access the globe, but it’s “unloaded” so it won’t take up any resources. To enable the fullscreen view: go to any prayer and click “fullscreen” below the audio player.

  6. Kathleen Arruda says:

    Love the new website. Thank you for all your work and dedication to our Father. One suggestion. You list all hours, thinking, the times of day they are to be read, would be nice.

    • Gill Babeu says:

      No specific time Jesus only cares is THAT WE PRAY.. comment if you silli hVe a busy life. Am grateful,for what ever I can accomplish in 24 hours. Ti keep sanity I need personal time to relax. We all need that, or we will burn out.

  7. Judith Connell says:

    When I heard that you were changing the website, I admit, I was a little concerned. However, I had nothing to be concerned about. Everything is wonderful. We are so very grateful for all your hard work for all. Thank you so much.

  8. Chris Larsen says:

    Wow, the update is wonderful! Well done! Your efforts are very much appreciated by us pray-ers. God bless you all.

  9. Wilson Caba says:

    Very welcome changes! I just saw it today and found it to be useful and beautiful.Love the community forum!

  10. Joanne says:

    Your new design is awesome! The turning globe gives a new depth to this experience of universal prayer. I am deeply grateful for your dedication to this work!

  11. Dena Hunt says:

    Congratulations. Splendid job!

  12. Michael Lopez-Kaley says:

    The old website was great, this one is even better. Thanks for the update–clean and fresh as you suggested.

  13. Fannie says:

    This new website is magnificent!! What a surprise to me and my prayer friends! I know that a lot of work and energy went into its development. So user friendly and NOW easy to read and navigate. Thank you so much.

  14. Jim Kenny says:

    The website is both beautiful and inspiring. Thank you so much for your dedication in our Lords work. Deacon Jim

  15. Lucy48allen says:

    May our mother, the Mother of God bring us closer day by day to the intimate presence of her Divine son who lives in us by His Grace until our eyes rest on Him in Eternity forever.

  16. Tracy Fayard says:

    I love the new site! Great job! Happy New Year

  17. sergio marangon says:

    I like it. Happy New Year. Blessings!

  18. Arvella Lesnak says:

    Very nice update to the website!

  19. Ed Schafer says:

    Really enjoy your new homepage.

  20. Dcn Bob G says:

    The new website design is both beautiful and functional! Thank you for all the creativity, hard work and expertise it takes for this magnitude of a task. Blessings to all.

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