I may be the last Catholic to stumble upon universalis.com. What a great website! About themselves, they say:

The Universalis Web site has been created, to give us all, wherever we are, at all times, the chance to participate in the Church’s universal prayer. One click – one bookmark – and we can pause for a moment in our busy lives and contemplate what really matters.

Basically, I can visit the site and it does all the complex figuring out of the breviary for me, making available psalms and readings for any point of the day, for any day. With one click, I can tap into “the richest single prayer resource of the Christian Church.” No more excuses! Very cool.

But what is the Liturgy of the Hours?

The Liturgy of the Hours (also known as the Divine Office) is the richest single prayer resource of the Christian Church. It provides prayers, psalms and meditation for every hour of every day. It has existed from the earliest times, to fulfil the Lord’s command to pray without ceasing.

And why pray it?

Never monotonous, always new, it provides the means for the whole world, united, to pray together and sanctify every hour of every day of every year. All over the world, hundreds of thousands of priests and religious have vowed to pray the Liturgy daily, and all over the world they do, in public and in private, in tin shacks and cathedrals, in palaces and in prison camps.

If you’ve never prayed the Liturgy of the Hours before, give it a try. Choose the closest time of day from the left sidebar (morning, mid-morning, midday, afternoon, evening, night) and it’ll lead you to the right place. It may become a welcome part of your daily routine.

I’ve recently come across iBreviary.com, another website that offers the Liturgy of the Hours.

The iBreviary is your portable breviary. You can use it to pray with the full texts of the Liturgy of the Hours in just five languages. Simply launch the application and all the texts of the day will appear before you.

I’ve tried it on my desktop, as well as on an iPad, an iPhone and Android, but only on browsers through the iBreviary web interface. I haven’t tried the various apps that seem to be available free for download for all flavours of smart devices.

The iBreviary web link above takes you to this screen (or a similar screen, if you’re on an iPad or a smart phone), where you choose a time of day from one of the links.

After picking a time of day, you’ll be presented with the full text of the prayers designated for that moment and you’re all set to pray!