Guild of All Souls

Prayers for the Faithful Departed

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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?

 

Check out the Features

 

Link to our Features Page to see what a difference our online edition of the traditional Roman Breviary can make in your life.

 

Check out a Sample Day

 

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?

 

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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.

 

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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.

Office of the Dead

The Office of the Dead is a votive office recited for the holy Souls in Purgatory.  It has two forms, common and solemn, the latter being said on the days of death and burial, and certain other anniversaries and mortuary services.  It is comprised of First Vespers, Matins and Lauds.

 

The Office of the Dead is available as part of your subscription to the Breviary Online.

 

Office of the Dead

Novena

For the Faithful Departed

The practice of this Novena is especially and earnestly recommended to those who mourn the death of their parents, relatives and friends.  They should commence it on the very day of the death of the person, and continue it during the nine following days.  It will be a consolation for them and a relief for the dear departed one.

 

Novena

Prayers for the Dead

For Every Day of the Week

These prayers may be said at any time for the Faithful Departed.  Each day follows the same format but includes some variations

 

Daily Prayers for the Dead

 

Chaplet of the Dead

This can also be said at any time for the Holy Souls using ordinary rosary beads.

 

Chaplet of the Dead

 

The Guild of All Souls

"It is a holy and wholesome thing
to pray for the dead,
that they may be loosed from their sins."
(II Macab. 12, 46)


Prayers for the Holy Souls

For Every Day of the Week

These prayers may be said any time according to the day of the week.




Praying for the Dead

Indulgenced Prayers

Oblation for the Dead

"Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy."
(Matth., 5 : 7)