Some user stories

Thu, 8 Apr 1999 07:21:17
Do You parhaps know where I could find a table of movable liturgical days what is published in english edition of Divine office only until 1999. Where can I find it on the Internet the new one what starts from year 2000. I need urgently a response becouse I dont know will I have conecdtion to Internet becouse I'm based in Belgrade and we are as you know under air strikes.

As the bombing began, some of its targets were evidently thinking ahead.

Thu, 22 Apr 1999 19:18:08
I am Coordinator for Confirmation Preparation in our parish. I would very much like to be able to copy the Liturgy of the Hours off your website for our 2 Days of Reflection. Would it be permissible to make copies for the confirmands and their sponsors for the morning prayer?

We receive many such requests, from parishes and from organisers of pilgrimages, conferences, and even prison prayer groups.  We usually say Yes as long as they acknowledge us as the source.

Mon, 24 May 1999 10:18:57
I am a Lutheran pastor and have been looking for a daily devotional page with more depth. I have been reading the Office of Readings for the last 4 days and have been immensely blessed. I hope that soon all of the writings of the saints can be included, I am looking forward to knowing the church fathers better. I live in the hope that the Lutheran church may one day unite with the Catholic church. This is a good start.

Universalis is used by everyone from Catholics to Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans, and Anabaptists, many of whom have no access to liturgical books or knowledge of how to use them.

Mon, 20 Sep 1999 10:07:23
Just a note to say how invaluable I find your site. When I get into work in the morning (0630) it means I can pray the office first thing.

Messages like this arrive from everywhere, including U.S. missile sites and the BBC.

Tue, 15 Jul 2003 11:10:56
I am a sister who for most of the year has to travel to a country where religion is controlled by the government. It is dangerous to sneak in a set of the 4-volume breviary. It is a blessing to discover that the Office of Readings is available in your website.

Tue, 28 Jul 1998 17:12:30
I can't begin to tell you how much I love your webpage, for it allows me to print the prayers in braille, so that I can be an active read4er instead of a passive listener.

Tue, 16 Nov 1999 22:30:08
I am writing on behalf of my great uncle, an octogenarian and a retired priest. He had all but given up the Divine Office due to failing eyesight. No magnifying glass was capable of making his breviary readable. Your site, however, (using large fonts and high contrast settings) has made the Office again a daily consolation to this servant of God.

Another partially sighted user prints everything out in enormous type so that she can read it: a benefit of on-line texts that we absolutely did not expect.

Thu, 22 Apr 1999 09:06:53
Thank you for your website. I travel very often for work, 2-5 days a week. I frequently use your website to pray the Liturgy of the Hours before I leave my hotel room for work and when I return before I have dinner. I have found it to be a great source and very prayerful. I have prayed the office since college and will continue to use it.

With our new WAP service, this user will be able to access Universalis even when on the move!

Tue, 17 Aug 1999 00:45:53
I have been attempting to strengthen my prayer life and several times went to look for the Liturgy of the Hours, but could never make sense out of it in the bookstores. It all seemed too complicated or that you needed a guide which I did not have. This format is wonderful.

This comes from a Catholic university professor.  He is by no means the only one to find the official books too complicated:

Mon, 18 Oct 1999 09:54:31
I am a student in the Diaconate Formation program at ****** Seminary in ******.  I have been befuddled by the usage of the Breviary, yet very anxious to get started on my obligation prior to ordination. While we have received some instruction on recitation of the Hours, I found your site to be the simplest and most understandable approach that I have seen yet.

It seemed tactful to censor the name of the seminary!