Features of the Online Breviary
Advantages of Confraternity Web Edition
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.
Available Only from our Online Breviary
Just click on the Office of the Day and read through the text. No liturgical knowledge required.
Use your Cell Phone to Pray Anywhere
All you need is an Internet connection and the Roman Breviary is in the palm of your hand. Tired of waiting at the doctor's office? Just whip out your phone and pray some Office. It's discreet, light, goes with you everywhere, and is easy to read, even in the dark.
Latin and English
If you're a priest, you can fulfill your obligation by reciting the Office in Latin. And with the translation just across the page, it's easy to check on those difficult passages when you need a little help. Lay people will appreciate the beautiful traditional language of the English translation, and can still follow the Latin if they are at a church service.
Sanctify your Whole Day
All the canonical hours are there from Matins through Compline. Don't have time to say the whole Breviary? Then when you do have a few moments just pick the Hour appropriate to the time of day and say that one. But with the ease of use of this Breviary you will find you can manage much more of the Office, and with a bit of arranging, even turn your whole day into a prayer.
Major Bonus - The Daily Missal
Now with your subscription to the online Breviary, you have access to the traditional Daily Missal. The format is the same as the Breviary, just follow the text in Latin and English from the Prayers at the Foot of the Altar to the Last Gospel and the Leonine Prayers. Everything is there in order each day. No more fiddling around looking for commemorations, prefaces, and so on.
The Roman Martyrology
When you use a traditional breviary in book form, you are generally forced to skip the daily Martyrology reading at Prime. To have to carry around a second book even bigger and heavier than the Breviary itself has made the recitation of the Martyrology prohibitive except in Choir. That is, until now. On the Breviary Online, not only are the Martyrology readings included every day at their proper place at Prime, but we have already prepared them so they include the right "Night of the Moon" and each of the movable feasts on the appropriate day. And each daily reading is replete with pictures of even some of the more obscure saints.
Traditional Calendar and Rubrics
Every vigil, feastday, Saint's day, octave and holyday is included for the entire year. During the 1950s and 60s much of the Breviary was suppressed. Our Breviary does not include those changes, and you will find the true and traditional prayer of our forefathers intact.
Traditional English Translation
Our translations have been carefully selected to balance accuracy and readability with the sublime beauty, dignity and majesty of traditional English.
Traditional Catholic Artwork
Our website contains thousands of illustrations that bring to life the readings from Holy Scripture and the Lives of the Saints. See the Old Masters in their true setting, as an inspiration to prayer.
Appropriate Photographic Artwork
Hundreds of photographs depicting the liturgy, the exteriors and interiors of churches and cathedrals, the more recent saints, and other objects of interest have been inserted where appropriate in the text of the Breviary.
Traditional Liturgical Music
Wherever possible we have tried to include renditions of the liturgy being sung in either Latin or traditional English. Listen to the choirs of the finest monasteries of Europe, the greatest cathedrals of England, as they sing the very texts you are praying. (Please note that Flash software is required to activate this feature).
Stations of the Cross
This particular feature was added after requests from some of our subscribers. A perfect way to spend a few spare minutes, especially during Lent. Comes complete with a picture of each Station.
Choose from Monthly or Annual Subscription
Want to try it out for a while and see if you like it? Take out our monthly subscription for only $2.50 (USD) a month. Or save money (20%) with an annual subscription. That works out to only $2.00 a month.
Automatic Subscription Renewal
Once you've subscribed, that's it! You can forget about being billed each month or year. Your subscription is automatically renewed on the monthly or yearly anniversary, and an e-mail is sent to you by way of confirmation. This system not only saves you time, but prevents your subscription from expiring, thus ensuring you have continued access to the Breviary online. And of course, you can cancel at any time.
Other Features of the Breviary
Just like the printed Breviary, in our online edition you can expect to find:
- All 150 Psalms distributed among the seven days of the week.
- Rich variety of readings from Scripture spanning Genesis through the Apocalypse, distributed throughout the year in the First Nocturn of Matins.
- The lives of the Saints for each feastday provided in the readings of the Second Nocturn of Matins.
- The commentaries of the early Church Fathers on the Gospel of the day
- All of the magnificent Hymns, Canticles, Invitatories, Responsories, Collects and so on in the daily Office.
- The Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- The Office of the Dead
- Other prayers and litanies as found in the Roman Breviary
- The Gradual Psalms
- The Penitential Psalms with Litanies
- Litany of the Saints
- Order for the commendation of a soul
- Grace before and after meals
- Prayer before a journey
- Preparation for Mass
- Thanksgiving after Mass
- Approved Litanies
Upcoming Features of the Breviary
We are pledged to continue to make this website a growing resource for those interested in the tradtional liturgy. We are already planning our next steps:
a CALENDAR (the liturgical Universal Kalendar of course), and;
a BLOG feature (with regular sermons and reflections from Fr. Hall in Italy)
You can be sure we will always be on the lookout for ways to expand the usefulness of our site. Why not send us a suggestion on our contact page—we're always interested in hearing new ideas!