I mostly use the post-Conciliar Liturgia horarum or Liturgy of the Hours for my office during the week.
So here I am on the road and we have a change of volumes, from 1 to 3. On the Novus Ordo side of the Roman Rite it’s now Monday of the 1st Week of
Lesser Meatloaf Time … er um… Ordinary Time.
What to do? Wait to say all of my office when I get home?
I’ve done that before, I guess.
That’ll do in a pinch.
"But wait!", quoth I. "I have the app iBreviary on my iPhone!"
The application iBreviary is an ingenious little program that lives on your iPhone, giving you the option to look at the post-Conciliar Liturgy of the Hours in different langauges, including Latin.
I don’t use English. I just don’t. Italian… yah… okay… sometimes. But when your Latin is very strong, why use anything but Latin?
There are still some glitches in iBreviary, some typos and hang ups (at least for me) when you switch languages. It doesn’t automatically update to the present day when you open it, and must manually refresh from your last use. It needs a couple additional, smaller, fonts. But someone could say the office with this program on his gadget.
There is the cool-factor of having this on a phone. I prefer a book, frankly. But in a pinch, like now… it suits me well.
There is a page for the readings for Mass, but not in Latin. There is a page for "Prays", by which they really mean "Prayers"… I hope you like Italian.
This is a good initiative and the creators, the incredibly persistent don Paolo Padrini, has made a good go of it. Some work needs yet to be done, but if you have an iPhone you might find this quite useful.
I did this morning.
The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communication seems to think this app is alright.
The application costs Euro 0.79 or $0.99, and upgrades will be free.