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.
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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)
The Chaplet of the Dead
The Rosary or Chaplet for the Souls in Purgatory is a practice earnestly recommended to all persons who desire to assist the Poor Souls.
It is said on any ordinary Rosary beads.
On the Cross
Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Lord; * Lord, hear my voice.
2 Let thine ears be attentive * to the voice of my supplication.
3 If thou, O Lord, shalt observe our iniquities , * O Lord, who shall endure it?
4 For with thee there is merciful forgiveness; * and by reason of Thy law, I have waited for Thee, O Lord.
5 My soul hath relied on His word: * my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
6 From the morning watch even until night, * let Israel hope in the Lord.
7 Because with the Lord there is mercy, * and with Him plentiful redemption.
8 And he shall redeem Israel * from all his iniquities.
Or Pater and Ave
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee : Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners ; Now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
On the Large Beads
V. Eternal rest
grant unto them, O Lord.
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
Act of Faith
My God, I believe in Thee, because Thou art Truth itself;
I firmly believe the truths revealed to the Church.
Act of Hope
My God, I hope in Thee, because Thou art infinitely good.
Act of Charity
My God, I love Thee with all my heart, and above all things, because Thou art infinitely perfect; and I love my neighbour as myself, for the love of Thee.
(Indulgence 7 years, 7
quarantines, each time.
Benedict XIV, Jan. 28, 1756.
Plenary once a month, if said every day.
Benedict XIII, Jan. 15, 1728)
(Plenary, in articulo
mortis (at the point of death)
if frequently used during life.
Benedict XIV, Jan. 28, 1756)
On the Small Beads
Sweet Heart of Jesus, be my love.
(300 days once a day. Leo XIII, May 21, 1892)
Sweet Heart of Mary, be my salvation.
(300 days each time. Pius IX, Sept. 30, 1852)
At the End
Jesus, meek and humble of heart,
make my heart like unto Thine.
(300 days each time. St. Pius X, Br. July 9, 1904)
St. Joseph, model and patron
of those who love
the Sacred Heart of Jesus:
Pray for us.
(100 days once a day. Leo XIII, Dec. 19, 1891)
DO NOT FORGET
that by all means, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the most efficacious means to help, to relieve, and to deliver the Poor Souls in Purgatory.
"Blessed are the merciful,
for they shall obtain mercy."
(Matth., 5 : 7)