App Video Comparison – iBreviary app & Devine Office app for Praying the Liturgy of the Hours

Comparing And Contrasting Two Very Popular Apps For Catholics And Their Smartphones: The iBreviary App & The Divine Office App

OVERALL

Both apps are incredible apps that enable you to enter into the prayer-life of the Church through your smart phone. They are similar in terms of their beauty & ease of use, and BOTH deserve a home on your iOS device.

iBreviary – https://catholicapps.com/ibreviary/

Divine Office – https://catholicapps.com/divine-office-audio-prayer-liturgy-of-the-hours-of-the-roman-catholic-church/

4 Comments

  1. Patrick May 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Nice comparison between these two excellent LOH apps. My only problem with the Divine Office app is that I could never really warm up to the recorded voices. Too much unnecessary emotion and emphasis are added, when nothing should really distract from the readings. This drives me crazy when lectors do this during the readings at Mass as well, we’re not school children. I think these types of recordings should be best left to the professionals (monks or nuns). Although, I have to give them credit for trying and I do appreciate the sung hymns. The iBreviary app is excellent, I use it all the time.

    • Mark July 6, 2012 at 3:41 pm - Reply

      Thanks for the excellent review. I am torn on the debate over having 100 tools within one App vs. have an App for each prayer/devotion/… I use both of these Apps, but I must admit that the free version of DivineOffice.org and the recitation on the Relevant Radio Catholic network from 5-6 am central gets more use from me than either App these days. I understand Patrick’s comment about the audio. At times I am listening for weird stuff I can hear rather than staying focused in prayer, but I do need more prayer discipline. I whole-heartedly endorse iBreviery and really like DivineOffice as well.

  2. JW May 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    On a episode of EWTN’s Web of Faith the priest’s were explaining the importance of LOTH. Fr. Trigilio did mention that it is essential for the laity to use the official authentic approved text. On DivineOffice.org’s FAQ page it states: “DivineOffice.org has not been formally recognized and approved by the Catholic Church.” On iBreviary.org’s Contacts and FAQ it states: “The texts of the Liturgy of the Hours, are formatted just as they appear in the printed version.” “Liturgy of the Hours (Roman, Vetus Ordo 1960 version, Ambrosian Rite)” I tried to compare them for the same day, side by side, on the desktop and they were similar except the hymns. Where as DivineOffice will use hymns of Protestant nature. I’ve been using the audible vs. of DivineOffice for a couple years up on till this recent statement by Fr. Trigilio and have now downloaded iBreviary. I would appreciate any thoughts on this issue.

  3. Juliet November 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    I beg to defer. Just wanted to know if you speak to the Lord without any emotions in your prayers. Should we just recite the readings without any emotions? I think Divine is just fine as it is.

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