The Divine Office App is an opportunity for you to participate in the recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours, an ancient and meditative collection of psalms, hymns and scripture that represent the public prayer of the Christian community.
If you are unable to pray in community, but love the contentment of praying with others, a praised feature of the Divine Office App lets you view locations where other Christians around the world are simultaneously praying with you.
This version is the official prayer book of the Catholic Church, however, it is suitable for all Christian faith traditions. It contains the official text and audio of daily prayers from the Liturgy of the Hours of the Roman Catholic Church (Breviary) and has been approved for use in the United States by USCCB.
The Divine Office App is designed to make praying more convenient, enjoyable, and simple enough for anyone to use. It automatically downloads the appropriate prayers for each office, every day of the year, including Solemnities, Feasts, and Memorials.
When St. Paul advises us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 to “pray without ceasing,” he intends more than simply bowing our heads and speaking to God on a regular basis. He means for us to adopt an ongoing attitude of prayer that is a way of life and a constant intercession for the salvation of all mankind.
As the mystical body of Christ prays in unison, it fulfills what Paul advises as Christian conduct, that believers at once pray for the good of themselves, their neighbors, and the world. In this way, prayers become liturgy, a way to fulfill our divine calling and a practical approach for addressing the suffering of the world.
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Ratings and Reviews
I'm very grateful for this app. It is my first intro into the liturgy of the hours which can be daunting for someone on their own. I'm glad something so simple is available to a beginner. The physical book is quite the investment so I looked to something online. I like that this is an app rather than a website. I found it easier to use than ibreviary and appreciate its features. The audio recordings are especially helpful so I know what exactly to pray. I also feel more involved in a community when I can pray along with multiple people. A similar touch I like is the location map. I appreciate the download option, adjustable reminders, as well. The only suggestions I have are to make the audio player more user friendly- it's quite small and cannot be adjusted by moving a finger along it. Additionally, I like that the subs can be sped up but I wish it were adjusted by a wheel or menu that included options to speed it up by small intervals so that anything between 1-2 (such as lower than 1.3) could be chosen. I highly recommend this app for praying the liturgy of the hours!
Thank you —5+ stars
I have really been enjoying using this app lately, though I’ve had it for a while. It’s nice to hook it up to my Bluetooth and pray the prayers while driving. I echo the voice of others who say that the speech is too slow. When I set it to 1.3 or 1.6 it sounds more natural. I think this is important because folks will have more success praying regularly if the pace is more natural. When it comes to the reading of Scripture, the leaders increase the speed, such that 1.3 is almost too fast. I appreciate the different English accents–gives a nice ecumenical sense. Also, the singing is usually quite impressive (especially the Te Deum). Since the Church asks for more Latin in the liturgy, it would be good to bring in some ancient Latin hymns as well, e.g., occasionally the Te Deum in Latin, Salve Regina, etc. (For those learning how to pray in community or to proclaim the Scriptures, do not follow the example of the couple of leaders on this app who read in such a theatrical way. See how distracting it can be?) Great job overall and thank you all for your fine service to the faithful.
thank God this app exists
i heard about the liturgy of the hours some time ago but assumed it was only for the religious. fast forward a week, and i find a Christian Prayer book among my mother’s Catholic books - i had no idea what it was until i opened it up, and then i got confused because my mom, well, she just isn’t a nun (no offense mom, you know i love you). i did my first bit of research on the liturgy and got really excited because as it turns out, a little ol’ layperson like me can participate in such a beautiful, sacred, and important prayer. well, i must have spent a solid 20 minutes with that book trying to learn its secrets but to no avail. i was ready to give up when i turned to the app store and lo and behold, this wonderful app came into my life. thank you guys SO MUCH for making this, it simplified the book about 300% and made the liturgy accessible to me (plus, the songs are gorgeous, and i extol the awesomeness of the global map like so many other reviewers). what a beautiful offering of praise i’m now able to make to my Lord throughout the day!
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- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 10.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip.
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