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.
The Dean and Chapter
The five-member governing body of the Confraternity. The Chapter consists of an elected Dean, and a Provost, a Bursar and two other Prebendaries whom the Dean appoints.
The Dean and Chapter of the Confraternity of Ss. Peter & Paul met in regular session at the annual Dedication Chapter on Friday, November 16, Feast of St. Gertrude the Great. This Chapter is held between the feasts of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Saviour on November 9 and the Dedication of the Basilicas of Ss. Peter & Paul on November 18. Its primary order of business was to review the bylaws of the Confraternity for the coming year.
Confraternity of Ss. Peter & Paul
The Confraternity of Saints Peter and Paul was established for the purpose of inviting the Christian faithful throughout the world to give glory to God by uniting themselves with the Catholic clergy in that public prayer and liturgy which is the Divine Office.
In these current unhappy times when so many of our churches are no longer the sacred repository of faith and prayer, the Confraternity of Ss. Peter & Paul wishes to restore to the faithful a means by which the praises of God may continue undefiled.
No knowledge of rubrics or liturgy required
Entire text of the Daily Office
of the day
in both Latin and English
Simple-to-read format :
Read line by line through each Hour
of the Divine Office, prepared for you
according to the rubrics of the day
Thousands of works of art and photographic images to complement the text of the Office
Most of the Office sung in Gregorian Chant and Polyphony, in both Latin and English
Easy to carry and use on your smart phone or other Internet-accessible device
In addition, rubrics and other instructions will be made available on this website for those faithful who wish to deepen their knowledge of the liturgy, whereby they may be instructed in the right manner of reciting the Breviary. Thus we can ensure that the private and public recitation of the Divine Office may forever be safeguarded, and conducted according to the traditional rites and practices of the Church.