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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.

  Sunday within the Octave of Corpus Christi

June 7, 2015

They Have Taken Away My Lord

On the very first Easter Sunday, St. Mary Magdalene, she who loved so very much, went to visit the tomb of Our Lord. She was overcome with emotion, and wept profusely. But when she looked down into the sepulcher she did not see the body of her Lord, but instead two angels, who asked her why she was weeping. Confused, she replied with these memorable words: “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.”

If you go into a Catholic church today, one that has been desecrated by the vandals of Vatican II, you may well weep as you search in vain for the great high altar with its bronze candlesticks and crucifix, and above all its magnificent tabernacle. But instead of the beautiful altar that used to grace the sanctuary, you behold a simple table, decorated with childish scribbles that pass for fine art in this ugly post-modern world. And most importantly where is the tabernacle? The Holy of Holies that once stood in the very center and as the supreme focus of this House of God, this temple of divine worship? With its veiled doors and its sanctuary lamp, signifying the eternal presence of our most high God, that only-begotten Son who became incarnate of the Virgin Mary, who was made flesh, and dwelt amongst us. We seek in vain, and we weep for our loss. “Why weepest thou, O man?” “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him.”

The night Our Blessed Lord sweat blood in anticipation of our acts of indifference, ingratitude and disloyalty, on that very night, he instituted the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. Not wanting to abandon his children whom he knew he must leave, he gave them something to remember him by: “Do this in remembrance of me.” Not a mere trinket, a souvenir, like a plastic Eiffel Tower, but something more than that. He gave them Himself. When he ordained his twelve apostles at that Last Supper, he gave them the power to change ordinary bread and wine into his most sacred Body and Blood. They passed on this power to their successors, and still today, two thousand years later, we are able to maintain his divine presence among us in the most blessed Sacrament of the Altar. What a great gift we have been given. Especially at a time when our churches mostly lie desolate, devoid of that which makes them a House of God. When very few of our sacred temples retain the true Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and the Real Presence of the Son of God.

Remember this today. It is a very special gift that has been permitted to so few in this world. You have this gift here on this altar. You have the opportunity today to receive this Son of God in Holy Communion—to unite your body and soul with his, and be truly one with God. This sublime gift no one can truly describe or appreciate. But let us do our best today to thank God for this everlasting memorial, and to unite in worship of our loving Savior who has given us so much.

May the Heart of Jesus, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even unto the end of time. Amen.

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