Guild of All Souls
Prayers for the Faithful Departed
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?
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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.
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.
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)
Heroic Act of Charity
This heroic Act of Charity on behalf of the Souls in Purgatory consists in the voluntary offering made for their relief, of all our works of satisfaction during life, as well as of all suffrages which may be offered for us after death. This offering we place in the hands of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that she may distribute its merits to those holy Souls whom it is her good pleasure to deliver from the pains of Purgatory.
Let it be understood, however, that we do offer hereby only the special and personal portion of the satisfactory merit of our good works, so that we are not prevented from offering our good works, prayers, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, etc. for other intentions. It is also to be remembered that, though this act is sometimes called a vow, yet it induces no obligation binding under sin.
The following indulgences were granted to those who make this heroic offering:
All priests who take this vow have the indult of a privileged altar, personally, every day of the year, at whatever altar they celebrate Mass for the faithful departed.
All the faithful who have made this obligation can gain a Plenary Indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, every time they receive Holy Communion, provided they visit a church or public oratory and pray according to the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.
All the faithful who have made this obligation can apply a Plenary Indulgence to the faithful departed every Monday, by hearing Mass for this intention, provided they go to Holy Communion and visit some church and pray to the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.
All indulgences granted, or to be granted, even though not stated as applicable to the departed when gained by those who have made this obligation, can be applied to the Souls in Purgatory.
For those whose duties prevent their hearing Mass on Monday, the Mass heard on Sunday is sufficient to gain the Indulgence No. 3.
For those who do not yet approach the holy table, or who are unable to receive Holy Communion, some other good work may be appointed by confessors, authorized by their respective bishops, to gain the Plenary Indulgence as above.
These indulgences were granted and confirmed by the following Pontiffs:
Pope Benedict XIII, Aug. 23, 1728, made the first grant of indulgences for this act.
Pius VI, Dec. 12, 1788, afterwards confirmed it, and
Pius IX again renewed and specified the indulgences in a decree dated September 30, 1852, November 20, 1854;
St. Pius X, Feb. 20, 1907.
Form of Oblation
O eternal and most merciful Father, accept the oblation which I make to Thee, in union with the Most Sacred Heart of Thy Divine Son Jesus, of all the merits of the life, sufferings, and death of the same Jesus, our Lord and Saviour, in behalf of the Souls suffering in Purgatory. I offer to Thee, O heavenly Father, for their deliverance from suffering, for their admission to the joys of Heaven, the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the immense and superabundant merits of the ever-blessed Virgin Mary, of all the holy martyrs, and of all the saints in Heaven and on earth.
I offer also, and resign entirely, in favour of those suffering Souls, all my satisfactory works, and those of others applied to me in life or death, and after my passage to eternity; and in order to render this poor offering of mine more acceptable to Thee, and more beneficial to the Souls for whom I make it, I unite it to the infinite and most pleasing homage which the Divine Heart of Jesus is continually paying to Thy Majesty. I place it in the most pure hands of Mary Immaculate, that she may present it to Thee as a pleasing holocaust, and distribute according to her good pleasure the graces, favours and relief obtained from Thine infinite mercy.
Note: It is not necessary to make use of this set formula, since in order to share in the said indulgence no more is required than a heartfelt act of the will.
"Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy."
(Matth., 5 : 7)