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Getting started

This page describes the stand alone and extended web versions.
Click here to download the latest files of the stand alone version.

Click here for a similar description of the original (Divino Afflatu only) and for some details on the web version.
Click here for some known problems and deficiences.

Click here for the list of missing offices.

Please help.

The standalone programlet allows navigation without mouse using the keyboard. See more details here.

Press in any page:
  • the first letter of an Hour (M, L, P, T, S, N, V, C) to call the page of that Hour
  • F or End to finish the popup (if any), the horas page or the program itself
  • D calls the Database editor either from the main page or from the horas page
In the horas page, press:
  • A to call the prayer 'Aperi Domine' to start the hour, E to call the prayer 'Sacrosanctae' to end (pre-1955)
  • Enter to bring the next cell to the top
  • the sequence digit for any cell, using F1 F2 F3 F4 for the first digit if the number is 10 or larger, so F2 0 is 20. Digit 0 itself brings one to the beginning, F9 to the end
  • If the above or automatic positioning through reading would run out of the screen, press Insert to pull the text downward, or Delete to pull the text upward.

  • Down arrow, Up arrow moves the screen forward or backward.
  • Page Down, Page Up also moves the screen forward of backward with larger amount.

  • H stops the speaker. Restore by pressing R. If you page down or up the window, the correct view will be restored only when the reading goes to the next cell. Restart the cell and the reading also by calling it with the above-described numbers or by clicking on Top or Next tabs on the cell.

You may let the computer read the office aloud with you, if 'column 1' or 'column 2' option is selected in the voice widget. Click on 'Help' in 'options' voice mode or in 'Controls' tab for details. In the main folder of the programlet Disablescreensave and Enablescreensave icons help to control the screensaver function.

The programlet comes up with the page:

main page

The first row shows the Officium which is collected, the second line (if any) is the officium which is commemorated. Feasts are shown in red; vigils and offices of Our Lady in blue; and the Feria or Simplex commemoration is black.

In the next line, the widget after the title allows one to reset the date. The programlet always comes up with the current date, you may select a different date, by pressing
  • down arrow for the previous day
  • up arrow for the next day
  • or by typing in a new date.
After the change, you must press the button next to the widget to get the new office.

The images only remind one that the Officium is collected from the
  • Ordinarium = the frame of the hours
  • Psalterium = the body of the hours (i.e. the psalms)
  • Proprium de Tempore = the days as they are part of the seasons of the Chuch year
  • Proprium Sanctorum = the feasts of the saints
  • Commune Sanctorum = the common part of the officiums for the saints
You may see details at technical information or rubrics pages.

The eight buttons in blue show the eight hours of the Officium Divinum. You may select one by clicking on the tab, or by pressing the first letter of the name. If you recite the hours in sequence (in the standalone versione as default, for the web version if your browser allows cookies) then the already-completed hours will be listed in the same color as the titles.

If you get here, you already used the Help button from the bottom. Try the Options button to to get one of the tables below :


Check or uncheck the priest box, so you will recite the Dominus vobiscum or the Domine exaudi as appropriate.

Click the tabs at the top to get the other tables (Param, Colors, Voice), Clicking that tab or clicking OK saves the values what you changed, click the X at the top right corner to escape.
Click on Help on the table, to obtain information about the parameters.
Click on Restore original tab restores the default values if they are changed in error.

The Options table for the web version is the same as the one for the original version.
Click OK to get back to the main table again. If your computer allows cookies, these values and the ones on the bottom row will be saved for the next session.

For the web version (without cookies) you may parameter the address line with one or more of the following parameters:
?expand=all&version=Rubrics 1960&lang2=English&priest=1&screenheight=800
The first parameter has to be started with ? the subsequent ones by &. After the = sign any value from the appropriate table could be used.

The widgets on the bottom row allows you to control how the collection is shown. Click now on skeleton and click on Completorium button.

The programlet shows the skeleton of the easiest to collect Hora


Only the Psalmi and the Preces are changeable, as the rest is from the Ordinarium. Other hours are more complex, click on the name of each hour, the black comments indicate the source of the chapter.

If you click on any radiobutton next to the chapter title, that part will be expanded. Click an another to change the expanded part, or on the same chapter's button again, to revoke the expansion.

The picture shows the final Oratio expanded, and the equivalent of the Dominus vobiscum the Domine exaudi as popup.

expanded and popup

To pray the hora, you select any other mode than skeleton:
  • all types everything, including the common prayers
  • psalms only indicates the common prayers
  • nothing types only the ordinarium, the psalms, lections and othe longer items are only indicated.
In the last two cases you may


  • click the button next to the indicated name, and the text will come up in a separate window, the popup

  • Click on Top brings the cell to the top, Next brings the next cell to the top.

  • Reload in the right cell reloads the text files from the database, useable if you edit that files

  • The number in the right cell is for reference

In the text of the Divine Office,
  • indicates blessing yourself: in the Latin fashion, with your hand flat, touch with the fingers your forehead, breast, left then right shoulder.
  • indicates blessing your lips by a sign of the Cross made over them with your thumb.
  • indicates blessing your heart by a sign of the Cross made over it with your thumb.
In the text of the Mass,
  • indicates those places where the Priest make the sign of the Cross during the rite.
  • indicates blessing your forehead, lips, and heart by three signs of the Cross made over them with your thumb (at the reading of the Holy Gospel).

Edit Allows you to see or edit the database files, standalone version allows edit


The table also allows you to search for a string whitin a folder:


You may also change the date by clicking on Kalendar tab.
Select an other date, by clicking the day of month in the last column. Also you may change the year month at the top or the version at the borrom of the page.


At the bottom the following two widgets allow you to select the version and mode. See details at version page.

Also you may select the language for the second colums. If you select the same language as the first column is, only that language will be shown in a single column.

The last widget allows to turn back to the office of the current day (click hodie) or or to select some votive offices.

It is our hope that this programlet will help people to understand the Officium Divinum better, and help people to start to pray the Divinum Officium on a daily basis fully or partially.


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