Friday, March 23, 2018

Morning Prayer (Enlarged Form) from Universalis

I use the Universalis app on my smartphone (Android), my PC (Windows 10), and my Amazon Fire tablet. It's very convenient and very reliable. It's also available on iPhones, Mac, Kindle, Nook, and eBooks.  

I noticed two new things now available on the Universalis app: Lectio Divina and an enlarged form for the Morning Prayer. The Lectio Divina is based on the Gospel reading of the day. The enlarged form for the Morning Prayer adds the readings from the Office of Readings and the Gospel of the day's Mass. I really like both features but the enlarged form of the Morning Prayer is perfect for me.

The app costs $10.99, $12.50, or $24.50 depending on your options. Once you get the app downloaded you don't need to be online. If you get the registration code, you're set for life. 

Books are expensive. The Catholic Book Publishing Corporation publishes fine books for the Liturgy of the Hours but they've never been updated. It still contains the original English translation from 1976 with the old collects that are no longer used at Mass. It's sad but the reality is that publishers don't really see a big market for these books. It looks like we won't see any new books until 2025 when the second edition is, supposedly, due. I'm going to be really old then so I'll just go ahead and use the Universalis app now.

11 comments:

  1. Does the Universalis app use NABRE and Revised Grail Psalter? I have the African “Prayer of the Church.” Is the app going to match? Thanks!

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  2. No, Jonny. If you have the African edition, you have the latest English translation in print. Enjoy!

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  3. It also has the two-year cycle of the Office of Readings.

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  4. An excellent update on the two-year cycle of readings is available here:
    https://educationpriest.wordpress.com/2018/01/02/two-year-lectionary-for-the-office-of-readings/

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  5. Must say having been introduced by a priest in my diocese to universalis I really find it a huge help, although I will say I still need to get used to it as iv prayed the office manually for a fair while. The only disappointing thing I'd have to say is, in my opinion, there aren't that many choices hymn wise that the app offers. Plus even now it takes a lot of getting used to as obviously unlike the book, there are no markers to move when an office has been said (so in my case that involves a lot of memory power). HOWEVER, it sure is extremely useful with Memorials Feasts and Solemnities. No stress and hassle free. I just think it is a shame that seminaries do not allow students to pray the office by phone that they have to do it by book.

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  6. Mitchell, it's a matter of convenience and as lay people we have a choice unlike seminarians and priests.

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  7. Has anyone published the readings for the one-year OOR cycle as a standalone publication, or is it only available as part of the 4-volume in the U.S.?

    Rubrically speaking, Patristic lessons may be inserted into the Ordinariate's Mattins (Morning Prayer) after the second Scripture lesson. But I don't have a 4-volume LOTH anymore and have no desire to invest in one. Having a single volume containing just the second readings from the office of Readings would be really handy.

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  8. Tom, the closest I've found to what you're looking for is a stand alone volume of just the complete OOR. Pauline Editions (Daughters of St. Paul USA) used to publish it and this book was my original introduction to the OOR to supplement my Christian Prayer book. The publication date was 1979 or 80, I forget which. You can still find them sometimes on ebay or other used sites. I gave mine away years ago.

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  9. For those who are using the 4-volume LotH but would like to use the up-to-date collects in the Missal, some choices are a subscription to The Word Among Us with the Mass supplement or the stand-along book "The Collects of the Roman Missal" from Newman House Press (http://newmanhousecatholicbooks.org/books/oremus-stravinskas.html) which has the collects in Latin and English on facing pages for all the seasons, feasts and commons.

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    1. Stebe, I get Word Among Us at our church each month. I actually snip out those collects with scissors and use a glue stick to paste them in my breviary, covering up the old versions.

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  10. Steve Cavanaugh, thanks for the tip.

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