The Breviary Online
The Confraternity of Ss. Peter & Paul
What is the Breviary Online?
The Official Prayer of the Church
Next to the Holy Mass, the Divine Office (or Breviary) is the most important prayer offered to God. It is offered by the Church and in the name of the Church, conferring multifold graces and blessings on those who recite it worthily, attentively and devoutly. Normally the domain of priests and religious, the Church has continued to recommend her official prayer to the faithful. However, until now, the complexity of the rubrics and a lack of suitable translations has deterred many.
Now Accessible to the Layman
With the help of modern technology, it has become easier to overcome these problems. The result is the Roman Breviary published by the Confraternity of Ss. Peter & Paul in both Latin and English. No knowledge of the liturgy is required. All you have to do is click on the feastday, and then on the Canonical Hour you want to say. The rest is just like reading a book—everything is laid out for you in order according to the rubrics of the day. No more flicking through the ribboned sections of a weighty volume. No more apprehension that you are forgetting some obscure rubric. It's all there spelled out, in order, every day.
Learn More about the Breviary
And if you do want to deepen your knowledge of the Breviary or the Confraternity, this website can help you with that too. We already provide a short history of the Breviary, instructions on when to recite which Hours, a brief commentary on the psalms, and much more. And for those who would really like to understand the rubrics in greater depth, we provide in our bookstore a detailed but simply written electronic manual entitled How to Say the Breviary. We shall be expanding this website regularly with more information, so check back with us frequently. And may God reward your prayers by bestowing on you all those spiritual favours that come from a devout reading of the Church's Divine Office.
Is this Breviary for You?
Link to our Features Page to see what a difference our online edition of the traditional Roman Breviary can make in your life.
Link to the Office for the Feast of St. Pius X, our secondary patron. You can browse through the various Hours of the Office and get a feel for what to expect.
Check out the artwork, the original photos, play some of the music. We hope you enjoy the experience. More importantly do you think this approach to prayer is something that could be spiritually beneficial for you?
How Do I Get Started?
Register and Subscribe
Link to our online Breviary homepage. Underneath the login form is a box, with the words First-Time User? and Register Here in red letters underlined. Click on this link and complete the short form. Click the Sign up link.
Log in to our webiste using the user name and password you have chosen. When you first attempt to Recite the Breviary you will be linked to the subscription page. Here you may choose from our monthly subscription of $2.50 (USD) per month, or $24.00 for an annual subscription. Or simply send a check to the address provided on our Contacts page.
Something New Every Day
The nucleus of our instructional website is our homepage. Book mark this page so that you can visit every day and see what's new. What will it be today? A video of a magnificent papal ceremony? A visit to the home of a saint? An explanation of an unusual rubric? Or maybe a new feature of the website? The aim is always to deepen our knowledge of the liturgy, for we cannot love what we do not know.
For Sundays and Holydays
More than a mere explanation of the Gospel, the sermons on our website aim to provide a liturgical context for the words and actions of Our Lord. The Church's liturgical year is a never-exhausted supply of examples to illustrate the Gospel of the day. whether it be from the life of a saint, the mysteries of the Rosary, the theme of the month or season, or the texts of the Breviary itself. Live the liturgical year from week to week as we move through the great story of our Redemption with our Chaplain, Father Hall.
Taken from the ending of the abbreviated Gospel of the day read at every Office of Matins, the words Et reliqua mean literally "And the Rest". It is a Latin synonym for Et cetera, which of course means the same in both languages. For this is where we consign "everything else", a miscellany of liturgical information that cannot be neatly stacked under any particular menu item. But as you will see, that doesn't mean it's useless information. Covering a range of topics, more or (sometimes admittedly) less connected with the current liturgical feasts and seasons, in our first two weeks we managed to peruse the Matins of the Asumption, unravel the mystery of the letters mtv, visit St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London, discuss the role of titular bishops, and find out why Saturdays are dedicated to Our Lady. What's next? Et reliqua!
The Sacred Triad
In his magnificent book on the Roman Breviary, De Breviarii Romani Liturgia, Msgr. Camillus Callewaert describes how Christ established a triad of sacred, indeed supernatural, structures: (1) His Sacrifice, enshrined and perpetuated in the Holy Mass; (2) His Sacraments, by which the grace of His Sacrifice is distributed to the elect; and (3) the priestly prayer, in which humankind offers to the Eternal God a continual chorus of praise and thanksgiving, mirroring the choirs of angels performing their celestial duty. The purpose of the Confraternity of Ss. Peter & Paul is to preserve, maintain and promote the traditional form of all three of the above, with special emphasis on the third.
Our chief means of fulfilling this purpose is via the Internet. We publish two websites:
The function of this site is to instruct our members and guests about the Divine Office. We do this by a variety of means, including:
a regular blog feature, called Et Reliqua, in which we discuss various aspects of the liturgy with topical interest;
sermons for Sundays and Holydays, again including elements designed to raise awareness of the liturgical theme;
videos and articles culled from the Internet to foster interest in the saint of the day or liturgical season;
a bookstore where we shall eventually offer a variety of liturgical books and books on the liturgy;
instructions and explanations of the history, rubrics, ceremonial and meaning of the Roman Breviary;
news about the Confraternity and its activities.
We also offer our members and guests the ability to submit Mass intentions to our Chaplain, Father Hall.
This site's chief purpose is to provide the complete text of the Roman Breviary in Latin and English on an onoing day-to-day basis. This allows our readers to follow the Divine Office in an easy-to-read format, whether or not they have any knowledge of its structure or rubrics. Our underlying aim is to turn the Breviary into an indispensable tool for the layman, somethings as useful to him as his Missal and rosary beads.
As the daily publication of the entire text of the Mass and Office is a full-time occupation, we are obliged to cover our costs by offering this as a subscription website. However, we are determined to keep our prices as low as possible and never to become a financial burden on those who wish to pray the Breviary. For this reason a monthly subscription is only 2.50 US dollars, and even less ($2.00) if you subscribe for a year.
In addition to the Divine Office, the site includes the text for daily Mass in the same easy-to-read format, the Little Office of Our Lady, the Office of the Dead, the Roman Martyrology, and a host of other prayers, psalms and litanies found in the Roman Breviary and elsewhere.