Liturgia Horarum: The Latin Breviary¹ for PDA

The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium (CV II) 101. §1. says: “In accordance with the centuries-old tradition of the Latin rite, the Latin language is to be retained by clerics in the divine office. But in individual cases the ordinary has the power of granting the use of a vernacular translation to those clerics for whom the use of Latin constitutes a grave obstacle to their praying the office properly. The vernacular version, however, must be one that is drawn up according to the provision of Art. 36.”

This version of the Liturgy of the Hours for PDA or PC has been made so as to facilitate the use of the Latin Breviary, recognizing the great significance of the Latin language as a sign of universality. It provides a choice of features designed to make it easier to understand the Latin text.

It runs on the iSilo program, available on a range of platforms (Palm, PPC, Windows,...).

Current versions are:

  • Latin
  • Latin without accents: in response to a request from several oriental language users.
  • Latin plus Hymns and Second Readings translation to Spanish
  • Latin plus Hymns and Second Readings translation to English: at present only a project just beginning.
  • Latin plus words translation to English: this work was done by Eduardo Castillo some years ago, so there are many uncorrected errors in the Latin text.

We have tried to respect the many choices the Liturgy gives for each day. As a result, the first impression may be that there are too many links and lots of jumping between pages. Don't worry: experience shows that using the PDA breviary is simple and fast.

There are two files for each season, plus the Completorium. This allows you, simply opening and closing files, to follow the Psalterium in a continous way, whilst selecting from the memorials of Saints as personally desired.

This Breviary is completely free, but the authors will always be grateful for a wee prayer when you use it. We also appreciate notification of any errors, bugs, etc.

To be kept informed of new versions, subscribe by sending us an e-mail. Whenever updates are available, we'll e-mail you.

Pressing the HISTORY button takes you to a page explaining the evolution of all the versions currently uploaded.

If you are not able to download files, read the section PROBLEMS DOWNLOADING below.

Problems downloading

Some people have found that they are not able to download anything. One possibility (if you are using Windows Explorer) is to try modifying the browser configuration as follows:

Tools / Internet options/ Security / Internet->Custom Level... / Downloads / Automatic prompting for file downloads / ENABLE

¹  Breviary: from the Latin word Breviaris or Breviarum, the name given to the one-volume compendium of all the books making up the divine office. It was made during the pontificate of Innocent III (1198-1216).

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    Click on the upper book link to go to the Liturgy of the Hours on-line (Latin with 2nd readings in Spanish)

    For the above version we recommend the browser Mozilla Firefox.
    Below are the basic versions that should work in all browsers:

    Link to Vatican Radio webpage where you can download and listen to the Latin Lauds, Vespers and Compline: Audio

    Almudí.org - Miniatura libro Liturgia de las Horas


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