“The Divine Office is... the prayer not only of the clergy but of the whole People of God.”
Join the thousands of people who use Universalis daily!
You will get:
• The Catholic liturgical calendar for every year. Over 50 local calendars, including USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, India and Singapore, and all the dioceses of the UK.
• The About Today page: information and meditations on the saints and feasts of the day.
• Lectio Divina: for meditating on the day's Gospel.
• Readings at Mass: the readings, psalms, prayers and antiphons for the day’s Mass. The Jerusalem Bible readings with Grail psalms (USA and Philippines: New American Bible).
• Mass Today: the Order of Mass and the prayers, readings and so on, all merged into one single sequence, so that you can follow Mass; or even celebrate it if you can find a discreet place to put the iPad on the altar.
• The Liturgy of the Hours: Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, Night Prayer, the three daytime Hours, and the Office of Readings. The scripture readings are from the Jerusalem Bible (RSV is available as an in-app purchase) and the psalms are the Grail psalms.
• You can search for words and phrases in the readings and psalms, see their context and go to the date when they are used.
• You can set an alarm to remind you when it's time for each Hour. You can also set alarms for the Angelus.
• Music: you can listen to the Salve Regina at the end of Night Prayer, and an in-app purchase will give you the whole of Sung Compline in Latin from the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School.
• Speech: You can listen to the Angelus spoken in English or Latin. You can optionally subscribe to other spoken content, including the Gospel for each day's Mass; all of each day's Hours; and the three daytime Hours in Latin (a subscription renews itself automatically each month but you can cancel it at any time).
• You can have a second language for the Order of Mass, in parallel with English: Latin, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Polish, Malayalam or Yoruba.
• You can choose between turning pages like a book or scrolling like a web page. You can choose fonts and font sizes (including huge ones) and you can turn on a night mode for reading in the dark.
• If you are blind, turn on VoiceOver and press the Information button in the toolbar at the top of the screen to get full instructions.
• You can see the saint of the day in a widget on your Today screen.
• If you have an Apple Watch, you can see the week’s calendar and read the Mass readings.
Everything is permanently built in to the Universalis app. You do not need an Internet connection.
You can also set up an email service to send you selected pages automatically each day.
For full details of the translations used, visit www.universalis.com. If you want to see more before you decide to buy Universalis, download the free Catholic Calendar application. It gives you a month’s free trial of Universalis content.
More foreign-language texts have been added.
Ratings and Reviews
Almost, but not quite!
Some of the scripture readings don’t correspond with the translation used in the printed English Divine Office books, they’re obviously the same reference but not the same version. This means if you’re using the App to pray alongside others who use the book, things don’t match, and makes it awkward if you’re the reader for example.
Sometimes the antiphons don’t match the book,too.
Also, an option to view the 1962 Calendar would be nice. That doesn’t necessarily mean we need the 1962 office available too, clearly that would be a massive undertaking and other good apps are available for that, but the calendar helps for those of us who attend both ‘forms’ of the Roman Rite.
Ever evolving essential Catholic app
This app is a fundamental part of my life. The Divine Office (now with optional audio on subscription) no longer needs three big fat books, and multiple bookmarks, checking for local celebrations, remembering which week it is.
“About today” gives information about saints of the day, including the less well known, but not necessarily less worthy. (I suspect that many of us couldn’t actually explain the roll-calls in the First Eucharistic Prayer!)
Recent updates are including the variations of religious orders - anyone who has found themselves perplexed on a retreat with Carmelites etc, will appreciate this feature.
I originally paid £9.99 for Universalis, which saved the expense of acquiring new Missals (Sunday and Weekday) when the clunky new translations came into use.
At first, there were a few disapproving looks when I followed Mass on my iPhone in church, being someone who finds the written word holds my focus more strongly, but now wise worshippers are adopting Universalis widely.
Even if a pew Sunday Missal is available, it still has small print size, and lacks flexibility across dioceses and countries.
Really good, just one problem
I've been using the Catholic calendar app for a long time, but I've decided to get the Universalis app to get the mass readings and instructions. I'm not going to Mass at the moment for several reasons, but I have been before, and as I'm blind, I always found it hard to know when to stand, sit or kneel. I'm glad that it includes the calendar, and the audio prayers are great too. The only problem is sometimes when I try to change the hymn in the daily prayers, or the reading in the mass readings the app crashes. Please fix this.
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- 91.4 MB
- Requires iOS 9.3 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 9.3 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 9.3 or later.
- Age Rating
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- In-App Purchases
- All Hours £2.99
- Daily Mass Readings £1.99
- Sung Latin Compline £4.49
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