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03 July 2006

Website of the Week IV

This week we feature Universalis ( as our website of the week.

Universalis is an excellent site which provides the Liturgy of the Hours online for daily use. The Office of Readings, Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer are available through easy links in the header of each page. The Little Office is not yet online, however they have a note that it will be added in time.

This site is especially beneficial to those who are unable to drop a couple hundred bucks to purchase a set of Breviaries (like college students).

We greatly appreciate the feature that enables you (with a little bit of very worth-while effort) to have the readings sent straight to your email.

There is one problem we find with this site (which Universalis can't avoid): It can be extremely difficult to concentrate and enter into a truly prayerful state while reading your computer screen. Our praise to those who can.

Next week, we'll provide information on how to access the Pre-VatII liturgy if any of you are so inclined to pray those.


Stephen said...

I've been looking for something like this!! Tremendous!

Papa Beatus Pius IX said...

The problem with this site is that they use the Jerusalem Bible translation which we abhor.

Mike Roesch said...

It's the original Jerusalem, not the New. I rather like it. But it's still not the official text of the Church. The site eBreviary provides the official texts, but for an absurdly high fee (all prayers for Sundays and Fridays, as well as all Night Prayer and a couple other things are available for free). This is something (along with daily readings podcasts) the USCCB should really provide for free.

Mike Roesch said...

Oh, my point in differentiating the Jerusalem Bible from the New JB is that the original has no "inclusive" language. The Book of Jonah was translated by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Emily said...

Does anyone do podcasts of the LotH? That would really be a project worth undertaking, if someone hasn't done it already. I would think it would be more prayerful to pray along with an audio than to read on a computer screen, and it would be portable for anyone with an mp3 player of some sort.

Mike Roesch said...

There is an LOTH blog aligned with Catholic Insider, but when I tried it, the guy was saying the prayers WAY too slowly for my tastes. I'm sure he'll be shut down by the USCCB or ICEL or whoever eventually anyway, just like the Mass readings podcast guy who was ordered to cease using the NAB translation (an order which I would gladly welcome at Mass). I'm sure it was a legal thing that forced eBreviary to start charging (it used to be, but now they only offer the LOTH in other languages (sadly, not Latin)).