Liturgy of the Hours/Breviary for Verbum??

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Chris K | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Oct 31 2018 10:58 AM

I know this has been requested before, but is there any chance we will get the Breviary/Liturgy of the Hours for Verbum?

I love how we have the Missal and Lectionary, but it would be wonderful to have the Liturgy of the Hours as well!  And if there could be a card on the Homepage for Verbum 8 even better!

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Donald Antenen (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 31 2018 11:10 AM

This is one of our most requested resources, and it's something we would love to include in Verbum. It would be a large and complicated project to build the Breviary into the platform, so there is no timeline about when this will happen.

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Kevin Clemens | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 31 2018 1:03 PM

This would be at the top of my most wanted resources, especially if the Latin of the Liturgia Horarum were included.

A book such as Fr. Devin's excellent resource on the Sacraments, Fulfilled in Christ, would become that much more powerful in Verbum, since it cites Second Readings from the Office of Readings extensively, but does not contain the full texts. One can use iBreviary or other sources to track down the texts in either Latin or English, but to have it fully integrated would be a great boon.

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 31 2018 1:32 PM

Chris K:
I know this has been requested before, but is there any chance we will get the Breviary/Liturgy of the Hours for Verbum?

Some years ago, the US English four-volume LotH and the full Latin edition were all listed together as a Pre-Pub that ended up being culled for lack of interest, so the next attempt needs to be planned out well. (iBreviary and similar apps cut into demand somewhat.) It's worth noting that a new English translation of the Liturgy of the Hours is being worked on by the relevant authorities, publication date unknown.

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Chris K | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 31 2018 1:45 PM

Donald Antenen (Faithlife):

This is one of our most requested resources, and it's something we would love to include in Verbum. It would be a large and complicated project to build the Breviary into the platform, so there is no timeline about when this will happen.

Thanks so much for the response.  By no means do I mean to sound disrespectful, but if Faithlife really wanted to make (which I believe they do) such a distinctive and "top" Catholic Study Software/Application, shouldn't this be a high priority item/project?  After all, outside of the Mass, this is the daily Prayer of the Church.

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 31 2018 2:05 PM

Chris K:
After all, outside of the Mass, this is the daily Prayer of the Church.

Yes, the official Catholic daily prayer that most Catholics know nothing about, and hardly any pray.

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Chris K | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 31 2018 2:09 PM

SineNomine:

Chris K:
After all, outside of the Mass, this is the daily Prayer of the Church.

Yes, the official Catholic daily prayer that most Catholics know nothing about, and hardly any pray.

That doesn't take away from it's importance and beauty!  And, since Verbum is also a tool of evangelism, incorporating it into the software would also give those ignorant of it exposure to it.

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SineNomine | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 31 2018 2:19 PM

Chris K:
SineNomine:
Chris K:
After all, outside of the Mass, this is the daily Prayer of the Church.
Yes, the official Catholic daily prayer that most Catholics know nothing about, and hardly any pray.
That doesn't take away from it's importance and beauty!  And, since Verbum is also a tool of evangelism, incorporating it into the software would also give those ignorant of it exposure to it.

I completely agree. The trouble is that often a business case has to be made for producing things, especially expensive ones.

EDIT: I should note that Eastern Catholics do not use LotH.

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Donald Antenen (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 31 2018 2:20 PM

Chris,

I hear your passion! I will be overjoyed the day we can have a breviary in Verbum. There are a lot of Catholics (and non-Catholics!) who want to participate in traditional prayer and learn to pray the daily office, and I agree that incorporating it into the software would expose it to new people and make it more accessible.

Please keep the suggestions coming. The powerful search and linking tools within Verbum mean that it takes us time to put new resources on the platform, but we share your desire for a Verbum breviary.

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 31 2018 2:51 PM

I remember back in 2000 being told at a catholic book store not to waste my money because a new edition was being worked on. While I am sure it is I have no idea when it will be done and certainly stopped holding my breath a long time ago. Liturgy of the Hours like the full New Jerusalem Bible desperately needs to be part of Verbum but I do not see either coming, while LOTH may be a more specialiced item if FL valued them they would be done.  Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary Collection (34 vols.) never even made it half way through PrePub yer it is being developed after being thrown into the higher end base packages. Had NJB or the breviary been added to Verbum bronze and above I would bet we could have had both. But it obviously is not a priority with the right people.  I do realize that currently both this mentioned projects have issues   In that There are 2 official office sets for the English speaking world and currently it is only NA rights full NJB is being pursued by FL.  But it is a start. I find it very frustrating when some items get special treatment while other items that feel more important are languishing in PrePub or simply not even offered..

-Dan

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Don Awalt | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 31 2018 3:35 PM

Donald Antenen (Faithlife):

Chris,

I hear your passion! I will be overjoyed the day we can have a breviary in Verbum. There are a lot of Catholics (and non-Catholics!) who want to participate in traditional prayer and learn to pray the daily office, and I agree that incorporating it into the software would expose it to new people and make it more accessible.

Please keep the suggestions coming. The powerful search and linking tools within Verbum mean that it takes us time to put new resources on the platform, but we share your desire for a Verbum breviary.

I would be happy if the Breviary was released with minimal tagging, just whatever could be automated - like any scripture verses, at least then I could pray with it daily. I pray it daily, I am not sure how many direct user links there would be any way, although I can understand it would be nice for breviary entries to show up because they are tagged, in some of the guides, etc.

As it is now I use another tool, but I would love to consolidate it into Verbum. FL has done minimal tagging in the past, then tag it further over time. That's much better than not having it at all. BTW, the one tool I use on my iPad, it shows number of people concurrently praying with the tool, and every hour I have been in there, there are 500 -1200 people using it to pray at any one time. What FL may want to consider is a robust Catholic Bible tool that offers the breviary, it may incentivize Catholic clergy to use it - they are using other tools now. I agree it's hard to promote Verbum as "the" Catholic tool without the daily prayer of the Church.

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Deacon Steve | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Oct 31 2018 4:12 PM

Yes Deacon Don

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F. Kelly Dougherty | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 1 2018 7:37 AM

I'm a layman who bought the four volume LotH decades ago and has used Universalis is the past few years.  I would love to have the LotH integrated into Verbum.

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Hearing all of this loud and clear.  This is easily one of the top requested resources for Verbum.  I too would love to have the Liturgy of the Hours in Verbum, to go along with my daily morning Lectio.

I will be revisiting the possibility of offering the Liturgy of the Hours in Verbum.  It is a large and technically difficult resource to process and, before I came on board, Verbum had started to walk down this road.

Stay tuned....  

Craig St. Clair | Verbum Product Manager |

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Don Awalt | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Nov 1 2018 9:59 AM

Thanks Craig! Maybe we can help - maybe we can crowdsource some of the effort - and/or some of the clergy on here would help I am sure (I would).

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Crowdsourcing is one possibility (and thank you for the offer!).  I think you're right Don, others would likely be willing to help too. 

Another possibility, not mutually exclusive, is working on the text in stages.  Minimal processing first and then a timeline for completion of various other features and functionality over time.  That way you all get a minimally functional text faster.

Craig St. Clair | Verbum Product Manager |

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Kevin Clemens | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 2 2018 9:06 AM

Craig St. Clair (Faithlife):

I think you're right Don, others would likely be willing to help too. 

Likewise, I would be very interested in helping bring this to fruition.

Craig St. Clair (Faithlife):

Another possibility, not mutually exclusive, is working on the text in stages.  Minimal processing first and then a timeline for completion of various other features and functionality over time.  That way you all get a minimally functional text faster.

Craig - this would be great. Having just the bare text itself in Verbum would be a great start, if simply for the ability to run searches on the full text of the LH from within the software.

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Patrick Fleischmann | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Nov 2 2018 2:09 PM

I too am just an average Catholic in the pew and have no other liturgical role or function at my parish.  I bought the four volume LotH decades ago as well in order to follow along with the brothers on EWTN.  (It's very frustrating to learn how to do LotH if you're trying to figure it out on your own.)  But I've used Universalis the past few years as well, since it's easier to carry around in the iPad I'm already schlepping everywhere.  Now that Universalis supports Car Play and has an audio option I'm back to listening along on the way to work.  But I would certainly welcome the ability to have it "launch" me into further study in my Verbum library - particularly based on the second reading.  

Logos didn't start out targeting Catholics to my knowledge, but they had something for us decades ago.  I bought it on floppy disks.  But about 2001 I switched to a Mac and Accordance was the only game going there.  Now I have both.  But all new purchases will be Verbum for now because there is so much more specific Catholic content there at the moment.  However, an earlier poster was correct.  You can't really be THE Catholic library software without the universal prayer of the Church.  It's just that simple.  You might be the "best available option" but you aren't THE ROMAN CATHOLIC library.  To put it in the vernacular, you're sort of just a "poser" LOL.

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Manuel Maria | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 29 2019 2:02 PM

Any news on this?

Thanks.

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Eduardo Espiritu | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Aug 29 2019 7:02 PM

For the last five years a new English language edition of the Liturgy of the Hours has been almost released.  It is still almost released so I anticipate two years at the earliest. Here is an announcement from the USCCB. http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgy-of-the-hours/liturgy-of-the-hours-second-edition.cfm 

The Latin is certainly available should demand justify its being licensed. For the English,  I think a print publisher has been selected (just a rumor, can't find a source for that).  I don't know if electronic rights are being offered at all.

Licensing the current 4 volume translation, not to mention adding links and electronic bookmarks just doesn't make business sense. It may be replace real soon, now.

The list of readings and psalms for each day are available for someone who wants to make a person book, but the other prayers and comments are copyright.

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