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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?
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.
Pray for your Loved Ones and Support our Apostolate
We are aware how difficult it is today to find a priest to offer the traditional Latin Mass for your intentions. To help you in this regard we are now accepting Mass intentions via this website. This means that you can now have Mass offered for your loved ones, living and deceased, confident knowing that it will be offered according to the traditional Rite of Mass as stipulated by Pope St. Pius V and the Council of Trent. And it couldn't be easier—simply complete the form below and click the submit button. The form includes the ability to send us your Mass stipend either by credit card or directly from your PayPal account.
Would you like to support our apostolate by having a Mass said by one of our priests? Now, nothing could be simpler, and your financial contribution will help us to promote our cause.
To Request One or More Masses
Please complete the form below. If you are submitting multiple intentions, make sure you specify for each Intention whether it is for the living or the deceased, a Catholic or non-Catholic, and whether any specific dates are requested for the Mass. You may also include other pertinent information, such as the reason you wish the Mass to be offered, for example, a birthday or anniversary, illness, and so on.
To Send One or More Stipends
The normal current Mass Stipend is $20.00 (U.S. Dollars), which supports our priests in their daily apostolate. Simply adjust the figure in the box on the form according to the number of Masses you wish to be offered, and may God answer all your prayers, and reward you for your support of The Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula.
To Know When Your Mass Will Be Said
Check the Dean's Mass Schedule every week on his Mission website to see when your Mass will be offered. Masses are generally scheduled in the order the requests are received. The Dean will try to accommodate requests for a Mass on a specific date, providing he is given sufficient advance notice (we suggest a minimum of one week).
Our Chaplain, Fr. Bernard Hall, offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
before the Tomb of St. John Vianney, Curé of Ars
June 18, 2011