Thursday, November 27, 2014

New DivineOffice.org! Black Friday Special!


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Are you a fan of the DivineOffice.org mobile app?

Are you NOT a fan of the DivineOffice.org mobile app?

Either way, you will want to read this exciting news about Divine Office 2, the new version of DivineOffice.org's award winning mobile brevary.

The new version has quite a few features that will improve the experience of those who already like it, and may even attract those who are less than totally on board with the current version.

First, there will be some newer voices reciting the psalms along with the best of the old. An effort has been made to cut down on recitations that were thought by many to be bit too dramatic, and thus, a distraction from prayer.

Second, there is now a feature to skip forwards and backwards--very handy for those who, for instance, do not use the psalm prayers. There are also several faster playback speeds,(similar to Audible books) so you can customize the liturgical hour to fit a short commute or other  limited space of time available for prayer.

Third--and this is my favorite--you can download up to 21 days' worth of audio  at a time! I live in a rural area with only a fair to middlin' wi-fi signal.  Often as not, my DivineOffice audio files just won't load in the morning.  But if the new version lives up to its' promise, I can go to the McDonald's in town every few weeks(where the signal is better) and get 21 days'' worth. Yay!

Check out the entire article for information related to pricing and dates available for various formats.
And many thanks to Dane Falkner and the crew for the hard work that went into this new app.


10 comments:

  1. Love the app, and even though most people may not, I do so love the dramatic readings, and do not like to simply recite, in a quasi-monotone fashion, about the hills leaping for joy or the Lord going up to a trumpet blast...chaqu'un à son gout...
    Anyway, we had our first vespers for Advent at our parish last evening and there was about 20 people came. It was very good, I thought. Our priest has a very good liturgical sense...so let us keep the good experiences going as we celebrate the next three weeks of Advent.

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    1. I think 20 is an excellent turnout for something like this. Keep putting in special bulletin announcements--something provocative like: Do you want to pray the same prayers that Jesus used in the temple and synagogue? Then come to vespers, where we praise, thank, and petition God with the psalms." Or maybe "It's the oldest form of Christian prayer--the apostles did it as part of the Jewish tradition, the early dessert monks turned it into a Christian liturgy, and it's been part of the Catholic prayer tradition to this very day. Come give it a try."
      I think the new DivineOffice app is only getting rid of one voice that was more over the top dramatic than all the others. The other voices use plenty of expression as they read the psalms, so I don't think you will mind the change.

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    2. Many thanks for the words...in they go for this weekend's bulletin.

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  2. Hi Daria, Is there a "Typo" in the DO app for today Dec 01 in the section Christian Prayer: It says Psalter: Monday, Week I, 867 - p.867 gives week 3 in my book psalter?

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    1. I think you're right about that. Always write them when you see this kind of thing because they will want to fix it. I believe there's an email link somewhere on the DO homepage.

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  3. Evening Prayer Dec. 2, I notice the Divine Office.org does not match up with the St. Joseph Guide. Or am I doing something wrong?

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    1. One problem is that there's often more than one correct option for any given day, especially when there's a saint's memorial. So sometimes both the online breviary and the St. Joseph guide can be right even when different prayers are given. I'm afraid I couldn't get the DivineOffice app working properly on Dec. 2 so I was not able to check this out for you.

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  4. Hi johnnyc. Why don't you send them a note. I did on my query above and they sent me a thank you note and corrected the mistake. Very nice of them. It shows that they care.
    You need to log into the web site look for Feedback & Support, once in there, look for submit a ticket ....
    Happy days

    Daria, could you give us some guidelines on how to handle the DO for Mon Dec 8, the Feast of the Immaculate?

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