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Getting started

This page describes the the original web version covering the St Pius X (Divino Afflatu) version only.

Click here to download the latest files of the standalone version.

Click here for the similar description of the standalone and extended web versions.

Click here for some known problems and deficiences.

Click here for the list of missing offices.

Your help is greatly appreciated.

The programlet comes up with the page:

main page

The fist row shows the Officium which is collected, the second line (if any) is the officium which is commemorated. Feasts are shown in red, the vigilias and offices of Santa Maria in blue, the Feria or Simplex commemoratio is black.

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

The images in the main table only remind the reader that the Officium is collected from the
  • Ordinarium = the frame of the Hours
  • Psalterium = the body of the Hours, the psalms
  • Proprium de Tempore = the days as they are part of the seasons of the Church year
  • Proprium Sanctorum = the feasts of the saints
  • Commune Sanctorum = the common part of the offices for the saints
You may see details at the 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. If you recite the hours in sequence (and 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 now Options button to, to get the table:


Check or uncheck the priest box, so you will recite the Dominus vobiscum or the Domine exaudi as appropriate.
If you check Building script box, the program will make a list at the bottom how the office for the hour was composed.
Language selects the language for the first column.
white background for the tables of the individual hours.
The structure of the colors input is : -relative size [bold] [italic] foreground color.
If the starting page image extends far beyond the screen, set screen size to a smaller value.

Click OK to get to the main table again. If your computer allows cookies, this values and the ones on the bottom row will be saved for the next session

Without cookies you may set in 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 Hour


Only the Psalmi and the Preces are changeable, the rest is from the Ordinarium. Other hours are more complex, click on the name of each hour, the black comment 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 hour, 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 other 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.

  • The number in the right cell is for reference.

In the text
  • cross1 stands for the regular Sign of the Cross (forehead, breast, left then right shoulder)
  • cross2 stands for making a cross with your thumb on your lips
  • cross3 stands for making a cross with your thumb on your breast

    Show files Allows you to see the database files. The standalone version allows one to edit them.


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


    Using the widgets 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 on the bottom allows to turn back to the office of the current day (click hodie) or or to select a votive office.

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


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