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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?

 

Check out the Features

 

Link to our Features Page to see what a difference our online edition of the traditional Roman Breviary can make in your life.

 

Check out a Sample Day

 

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

 

Register

 

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.

 

Subscribe

 

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.

  Easter Sunday

April 5 2015

The Crown After the Cross

“The Lord is truly risen, alleluia!” As the sun rises on another Easter Sunday morning, and as we rejoice on this latest anniversary of our Blessed Saviour’s Resurrection, we should reflect on the enormity of the task that He accomplished on that first dark Holy Week so many years ago. In the light of the rising sun, the black shades of that week are finally dispelled for a time from our thought, and our memory of our Lord’s Passion and Death is now colored with the brighter realization that they were the cause of our redemption. Without the suffering of Christ, we would still be doomed to eternal death, and so on this morning we should not fail to thank Him for his infinite love in accepting the chalice of suffering and spilling his last drop of blood for us. Indeed our hearts should be literally overflowing with gratitude for the love he showed us from the depth of His Sacred Heart.

And yet, we sometimes have a hard time responding adequately to this love. When we look into the empty tomb, we may perhaps experience other emotions. We all have crosses of our own to bear, and of course they are not given to us in accordance with the liturgical year. We were not all born on Christmas Day, and not everyone dies on Good Friday. And just because it’s Easter doesn’t mean that our own individual crosses miraculously vanish with the rising Paschal sun. We are still suffering from the same illnesses, the same sorrows, the same bereavements. Our own life is still a work in progress as we slowly grow older towards our own Calvary, whenever that may be. However, we can dispel these sorrows in a certain sense with the joys of Easter. For the Resurrection of our Saviour also acts as a reminder of our own eventual resurrection, both of the soul and the body. One day our own sufferings shall also be over and if we have lived a godly life we can look forward to our own glorious rising from the dead, and our own eventual ascension into heaven. Christ led the way, opening the gates of heaven for us, and if we follow his commandments, we will also follow his path to glory.

There is one other dreadful truth that we must resign ourselves to today. It is a truth that was unfamiliar to our forefathers in the faith. The Resurrection of Christ’s physical body from the tomb, after all, represented his triumph over death. But today, as we continue to experience the crucifixion of our Lord’s mystical body, so horribly bruised and broken since Vatican II, we are still waiting for the Resurrection of this mystical body which is the Church. And the waiting is made worse by the fear of the unknown outcome of this new crucifixion. Will there truly be a Resurrection, or will we first have to suffer a chastisement, the coming of the Antichrist, the three days of darkness, or who knows what horrors? Have the greatest disasters already happened to the Church, or is there yet worse to come? All we know is that there is an unnatural wind of change blowing through the world, and no visible light on the horizon. No Easter sunshine to dispel the horrors of the grave.

So what comforts can we draw from this Easter Sunday and the empty tomb? Simply this, that before the glory must come the suffering. The old cliché about having to break an egg in order to make an omelet comes to mind—everything comes at a price, Lent comes before Easter, fasting before feasting, penance before forgiveness, the Cross before the crown. The price of the future glory of the Church must be its present crucifixion. It is the way of the world. It is the way of God.

And what is to be our role during these vital years of world history? We have already been singled out from the millions who call themselves Catholic to keep and maintain the true faith. We have answered this call, and do our best to live a good life, to raise our children to follow in our footsteps. We hope we are doing our best to live the Faith and follow our Lord’s precepts. But are we truly responding adequately to the historical importance of the events we have been called to witness?

Looking back at the original Crucifixion, we find that those called by our Lord fit into three groups. The first was not really a group at all, but just one man—that man was Judas Iscariot, and his story is as familiar as sin itself. We have all experienced the betrayal of the Church by popes, prelates, priests and people. St. Peter came very close himself when he denied our Lord three times, and it is in fact all too easy for us also to fall into sin and betray our Lord.

The second group comprised almost all the apostles, who fled from the scene of the crucifixion and hid themselves from the fury of the Sanhedrin. We can easily imitate their cowardice, but again this is not the role to which our Lord is calling us.

The third group of disciples comprised his Mother, a few other women, some old men, and one disciple. They were the ones who stood at the foot of the Cross, staying close to Jesus unto the very end. They took his body down, wrapped it in the holy shroud, and buried him in the sepulcher. These are the ones we must imitate, carefully tending the wracked body of the Church, preparing it for a transformation, if it be the will of God, from the current terrible situation into a new and truly Catholic society. Can this possibly be what our Lord wants of us? Only by responding to the inspirations of Providence will we ever find out. So let us be open, this Easter, to the workings of that Providence, and follow Christ wheresoever he leads. Even if he brings us to Calvary, it is just a short step from there to the empty tomb and potentially the glorious Resurrection of Christ’s mystical body, the Church.

A very Happy Easter to all our parishioners and benefactors, both far and near, on this Day of Resurrection. May it be for all of us a turning point in our lives, and bring us to a greater knowledge of our responsibilities towards our loving risen Saviour.



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