Breviarium Meum HD is the iPad version of Breviarium Meum. A separate app makes it easier for us to take advantage of special characteristics of the iPad. The most obvious of these is the larger display, ideal for viewing Latin and English side-by-side. We've also added forward and back buttons to navigate among the hours and prayers. If you accidentally load something, the back button will restore what you were previously viewing, so you won't lose your place.
Breviarium Meum allows you to pray the traditional (1962) Latin breviary of the Catholic Church wherever you go. Just pull out your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, select the hour to pray, and begin. You can download the texts up to a week in advance, so you can pray even when you don't have a network connection. So if you’re on a mountain top making a retreat, or down in a valley to celebrate Mass in an isolated village, you can still keep up with the office, even if you left your printed breviary at home.
Are you unfamiliar with the old breviary? It’s a part of your heritage, and one that you have a right to know about and experience. As the instruction Universae Ecclesiae reaffirms, one goal of the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum was to offer “to all the faithful the Roman Liturgy in the Usus Antiquior, considered as a precious treasure to be preserved” (8a).
This app is the easiest way to pray the breviary. It gives you all the texts in order, so you don’t have to flip back and forth as you would with a printed breviary. If the text is too small, you can make it bigger. If you don’t understand the Latin, you can display a parallel English translation.
Those more familiar with the breviary, and especially priests, will be pleased to see we’ve included a selection of prayers and blessings in Latin, such as are normally found in the appendix of a breviary.
Most of the development work done for Breviarium Meum regards the server rather than the app. The former usually receives some update every week, and sometimes even more often, mostly to correct minor errors in the breviary text. Now, however, the time has come for a new version of the app. Breviarium Meum 1.2 has been released for use on the iPhone and iPod touch, and Breviarium Meum HD 1.2 for use on the iPad.
Besides bug fixes and support for the latest iPhone and iPad, there are also a few enhancements, including the following additions to the orationes:
A new feature requested by several users is the ability to access yesterday's office. You will find it just above today's office in the list of hours.
Breviarium Meum 1.1 is now available in the App Store. The changes are mainly internal, regarding the part of the app that is shared with the new iPad version. There are also a few minor bug fixes and additions to the app.
Apart from the updates to the app, the breviary texts are constantly improving. There are corrections every week, and sometimes more than once a week, as typos or other errors are discovered. The great majority of these errors are minor typos. However, if you see a significant error, especially in the Latin text of the breviary, clear the cache and download again, because we may have already corrected it. If the error remains, contact us.
Laszlo Kiss, the creator of divinumofficium.com, died unexpectedly but peacefully at his home on July 11, 2011. He was a few days short of his 73rd birthday.
If I had not been able to build on his work, Breviarium Meum might still be under development. I owe him a debt of gratitude and I am not alone. Please say a prayer or have Mass offered for the repose of his soul.