Thursday, 15 December 2011

Divinum Officium and daily Missa - On-line Resources

The Internet has brought many resources to those interested in the Liturgy of the Church in all its Forms.

Here is a website which has the daily Mass according to the Roman Missal of 1962 and even the Divine Office from the ancient Monastic, to Trent to the Rubrics and New Calendar of 1962.

What an enormous work and to give due credit to the founder, let us read from their page.

This website was created and designed by the late Laszlo Kiss. Mr. Kiss, longtime resident of Forrest Lake, Illinois, died suddenly at his home on Monday, 11 July 2011, shortly after returning from a walk with his wife Marta. He was three days shy of his 73rd birthday. Mr. Kiss was born in Budapest, Hungary, on 14 July 1938, and married Marta Noske on 31 January 1968. He worked in Budapest as a computer engineer until emigrating to the United States of America in 1982. In 1983, he developed "Image," one of the first computer-controlled manufacturing systems in the world (still in use to this day). He retired in 2000, and, among other things, selflessly devoted hundreds of hours to creating the website, which provides free access to many different versions of the Divine Office (or breviary), the traditional daily prayer book of the Roman Catholic Church. His funeral was held at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Volo, Illinois, on the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (16 July). Mr. Kiss is survived by three brothers in Hungary, and in the States by his loving wife Marta (of forty-three years), their two sons Zoltan and Chaba, and their two grandchildren Sophie and Ryan.
On Monday, August 15, 2011, the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady, The Divinum Officium Project was founded, with the permission of Laszlo's son Chaba, to preserve and further Laszlo's work and to promote the worship of the Triune God through the Divine Office. Currently, The Divinum Officium Project consists of a diocesan priest as well as three software developers who maintain the site and ensure its accuracy.
May Mr. Kiss rest in peace.


Nancy said...

In case you or your readers didn't know, the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate created an iPod/iPhone app called Breviarium Meum, which is an app with the traditional Roman Breviary utilizing the texts compiled on the Divinum Officium website. All the hours are included, and you can have it set it up so that it is just the Latin text or with the translation side by side. You can download a week's worth of texts at a time which is handy if you have can't be near a computer for a few days. As well as the Divine Office, there is also a selection of Latin prayers and blessings.

It's free, though you are certainly encouraged to make a donation to the good friars. Excellent resource.

Nancy said...

I forgot to mention, it's available for iPad as well.

Anonymous said...

The software as well as the data are substantially the same on both.

Divinumofficium has the Mass also, six or seven choices of rubric schemes, from pre-Trent through to the present, and facilities for parallel comparison. (Latin, English, and Hungarian: more languages are expected.). Works fine on mobile devices, but of course only with a network connection.

Breviarium Meum offers a nicer appearance, extra prayers, networkless use, and is specialized (and limited) to the present (EF) rubrics.

You can take your choice!