Many of you may already know, but for those of you who do not, DivineOffice.org has come to a point that has to have their registrations closed (hopefully just for a short time). Here is a copy of the notice from DivineOffice.org:
We have been a ministry dedicated to bringing the Liturgy of the Hours to everyone everywhere for many years. We grew out of an RCIA Committee to become facilitators of thousands of people who pray together. I have dedicated more than 10 years in God’s service to this work. In that zeal to serve and naivety we acquired some licenses and permissions for DivineOffice.org, but we are missing some key ones. We have been asked, understandably so, to close off our ministry to new people while we go through the lengthy process of acquiring all permissions. For this reason, if you have been using the website regularly, please make sure you are registered as a user to this site.
In a few days we will allow only our existing community and friends access, and new registrations will be closed.
God servant and producer of Divine Office
This notice was given, and as stated, registration will close soon. If you haven’t registered on their site, do so now. As stated in the notice it is mostly a text licensing issue.
Here are the things that are important.
- If you already purchased the app, it will still work. It will no longer be in the app store, so if you remove it from your device, chances are you won’t get it back.
- If you are a registered member of the site, the divine office text will still be available to you. (For now).
- To be sure that you have access to the text for as long as possible please register on the divineoffice.org site.
There are other apps that are available for the Liturgy of the Hours, in fact we just updated the review of one this week.
Today and tomorrow the app is heavily discounted and after that we will temporarily remove it from the market. Spread the word! God bless!
— Dane Falkner (@DivineOffice) April 21, 2016
Here is what the developer of divineoffice.org and the apps has shared (on April 20th).
I take this opportunity to reiterate some of the recent events and ask for your help on our way forward.
You know by now, we have been asked to close off access to new community members while our content is reviewed for the purpose of granting us permission to use the 1970 version of the New American Bible. We have been allowed to continue to serve our current membership, to which we are very grateful. We will allow new registrations on our site for only one more week. We ask even our mobile app users to go to our http://DivineOffice.org website and register so you will be counted as our existing community.
When we first made the announcement to register, many of you praying with us, had difficulties doing so. We have worked hard since that announcement not to lose any of you or deny you access. Thank you for your patience through out all of it.
At the same time the hard work, to secure permissions and replace content with the licensed content, is only beginning. And is already stressing our resources because, as you may already know, we have been required to stop the sale of our mobile apps (our primary source of income).
Not everyone can afford to help, but if you can, please support this ministry as best you can with a monthly contribution.
We are also in the process of replacing some of the hymn music we are now using, also for copyright reasons. If you own license free recordings of music and want to share them with the community, we will integrate your content.
Or maybe ask in your parish for such license free recordings, it will go a long way to save some of the ministry’s financial resources. You can send this content to email@example.com. Or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we can start a discussion there, if you have ideas on the subject and want to help.
Also an important request, we want to hear from any of you who are vision impaired or have a disability. Please send us an email to
email@example.com and let us know about you so that we may better assist your needs. We have been in contact with some of you recently, for registration purposes, so we know how grateful you were, just for only being able to get in, but we can do better by you, so please write to us.
We know Divine Office is a great good in the world, and you uphold it by your presence, your prayers, your help, and your witness. Our thanks to all of you willing to keep this important work from extinction and with your help we expect to emerge with the full blessings of our Church, which will be a significant boost to our mission to bring everyone everywhere into praying Liturgy of the Hours.
May God’s blessings and grace be with you
God’s servant and producer of Divine Office