REVIEW: 1962 Roman Breviary iPhone app

The Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate created an app for the 1962 Breviarium Romanum.  It is now available, FREE, for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

This may be a way for some of you to get more familiar with the older form of the Office.

There are some typos, throughout, but that doesn’t make much of a difference if you pay attention.  I am sure they will be corrected along the way.  We hope.


You can download texts a week in advance, and thus use it even when you don’t have a connection.

The texts in order, so you don’t have to flip back and forth between pages.  The size of the text can be changed.


There is the option of a parallel English translation.


Since the Vatican’s website has only Latin and Hungarian for Summorum Pontificum, this app has Latin, Hungarian and English. So the app is one up.

You can adjust the size of the text.


Text smaller.


There is a section with additional prayers useful to priests, such as certain commonly requested blessings and prayers for before and after Mass.




They accept donations.  If you get it, give.

The app can be found here.

More information can be found here.


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  1. PeterK says:

    but not everyone uses an Apple product hopefully they’ll produce a droid version soon

  2. Ralph says:

    Latin and ….Hungarian?? Really? Is there a story behind that choice Father?

  3. ridiculusmus says:

    pries ????

  4. Luka says:

    “The application requires the iPhone 4.0 Software Update”


  5. trad catholic mom says:

    Thank you, I was looking for this last week.

  6. EWTN Rocks says:

    I’ve been using the iBreviary application for iphone/ipad and androidmobile, which I really like:

  7. theophilus says:

    Credo Bible Study for the PC is free to download and use as well. Enjoy!

  8. q7swallows says:

    Is there a similar iPhone app for the Byzantine Liturgy (particularly the Ruthenian)? I use the iPieta app daily for the Roman rite (and LOVE it!) but we’re switch hitting these days . . . and it would be SO much easier if there were one for the Eastern rite.

  9. q7swallows says:

    Whoops! Just realized this was an entry about iBreviary not iPieta! Sorry. But question still stands: is there an iPieta-type app for the iPhone that is Eastern rite?

  10. Fr. Basil says:

    \\if there were one for the Eastern rite\\

    Naughty, naughty, q7swallows.

    There’s no such thing as “the Eastern rite.” There are “Eastern riteS”.

  11. Terrific! I’m putting it on my iPod Touch now!

  12. Parochus says:

    Would someone please tell the worthy editors of this app that the proper name of the evening Office is Vesperae not Vespera.

  13. Maltese says:

    Cool! Plan to download it! Thanks, Father!

  14. priests wife says:

    q7swallows— we Byzantines are not as organzied as the Roman rite- but if we had something like this, I would buy an iPhone

  15. Rellis says:

    I donated $20. I suggest others do what they can. It’s a crime that this is free.

    As to the Hungarian, it’s because the creator is Laszlo Dobsay. He is the wonderful guy behind

    I hope in the future that all the toggle options of that site will be available on this app.

  16. I have been in contact with the developer– seeing as my iPhone is a dinosaur, running iOS 3.1.3, it is not currently supported.

    He has responded very quickly, and is going to send me a beta test for the original iPhone early next week– hopefully the compatibility will be fine, and it will be available via iTunes after that?

    As much as I love Universalis, it’s $25 for the app! I love the fact that this is free (and the EF), and strongly encourage donating for use of the app…

  17. Emilio III says:

    @Ralph: this app gets its data from, by Laszlo Kiss, who is Hungarian. I think the fact that the only official translation of Summorum Pontificum is into Hungarian is a coincidence.

  18. jbpolhamus says:

    Is there an Android based app as well? I’ve never been an I-phone user.

  19. Criffton says:

    I will be entering this community in about two months – please pray for me.

  20. jcr says:

    On behalf of the developer: if you have errors to report or want to help test a version of the app that runs on 3.1.3, please use the contact form.

  21. Jamesy says:

    Great app. Unicorn?

  22. q7swallows says:

    Thank you, Fr. Basil, for the correction.

    Might there be an iPieta-type app for any of the Eastern rites?

  23. ronvanwegen says:

    The iPad app is just the iPhone app on the larger screen but still at the iPhone size so not very useful. You have to scroll every second to read it. I’ve written to the author and asked for it to be updated and will gladly pay for it so let’s hope!

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