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The Liturgy of the Hours, the Mass, and other things.

The Gospels in Week 18

Posted by universalis on 1 August 2017

Next week is the 18th week in Ordinary Time. On the Monday, the Gospel is the Feeding of the Five Thousand. However, the Gospel for Sunday of the 18th week in Ordinary Time in Year A is also the Feeding of the Five Thousand. This means that the same Gospel could be read on consecutive days, which is a bad thing. It is avoided by reading Tuesday’s Gospel on the Monday  (Jesus walking on the water) and by having a different Gospel on the Tuesday.

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That beastly Android toolbar

Posted by universalis on 25 July 2017

All problems have been cured and the latest release of Universalis for Android (Version 2.03) works perfectly.

The cause of the problem was an unwanted interaction with password managers, such as LastPass, and some anti-virus software that a few people were using. We have made adjustments on our side so that the operation of the toolbar is unaffected by these things. We thank the helpful people whose reports guided us in the right direction.

 

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New Mac version available

Posted by universalis on 13 July 2017

We have just released a new version of the Universalis program for the Mac. Please visit our web site and install it. There are various improvements, especially in the layout of the screens.

If you have a Universalis app from the Mac App Store, hold on: we will submit an update to Apple in the next few days.

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The date of the Ascension

Posted by universalis on 26 May 2017

In some parts of the world the Ascension of the Lord is celebrated on the feast of the Ascension. In others it is celebrated on a nearby Sunday so as not to interfere with the pursuit of profit.

Universalis has a long list of local calendars, and those calendars put the Ascension on the Thursday or the Sunday, according to the local rules. So if you saw the Ascension yesterday when you expected it the day after tomorrow – or the other way round – then please adjust your calendar.

In particular, if you live in the diocese of Boston, or in one of the other American dioceses that celebrate the Ascension on its proper day, don’t use the “USA” calendar, use the “Boston” one (or Hartford or wherever). In the list of calendars in Universalis, you will find Boston within the USA.

In the Android app, the calendar is in the settings menu. In the iOS app it is at the top of the calendar listing. In the Mac program it is in the preferences. In the Windows program it is in the menu. In the web pages you will see a “Settings” link at the end of the list of hours.

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New e-books available

Posted by universalis on 17 May 2017

The new season’s ready-made Universalis e-books are now available for the Amazon Kindle:

  • Liturgy of the Hours 2017 (Ordinary Time), covering every day from Pentecost to Advent Sunday 2017. £6.99 (UK), €8.24 or thereabouts (Ireland), $9.99 (USA), AU$11.99 (Australia).

The Mass Readings book for 2017 is still available:

  • Mass Readings 2017, covering every day from Advent 2016 to the end of 2017. £6.99 (UK), about €8.24 (Ireland), $9.99 (USA), AU$11.99 (Australia).

The ready-made e-books are available for the UK and Ireland; the USA; and Australia. All the links to the e-books are here.

If you have a Universalis registration code, don’t buy the ready-made e-books (except as presents), because you can create your own e-books for yourself, with your own choice of pages, dates, and calendar, and it won’t cost you anything. The Universalis e-book page will point you to the necessary instructions.

(If you haven’t got a registration code but are thinking of getting one, you can have a free trial of the e-book creation process: the e-book page gives instructions for this).

 

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Subscriptions to Universalis

Posted by universalis on 6 February 2017

We’ve always been in favour of selling Universalis all in one go, whether as a registration code or as an app. It saves administration, for one thing. But people have asked us, now and then, about subscribing instead. A single lump of £10 ($12-ish) for an app is a lot for some people, and a monthly subscription seems much more manageable.

We introduced subscriptions for Android late last year, and the response was encouraging. So now we are offering subscriptions for iOS as well.

Subscriptions are an alternative to app purchases. Either you buy the Universalis app and don’t need a subscription, or you download the free Catholic Calendar app and subscribe.

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More audio in Universalis

Posted by universalis on 1 February 2017

Adding Sung Latin Compline to Universalis has been a great success, even though it is so far only available on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. (We do plan to produce an Android version later this year).

Now we have started to add speech as well as music.

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App Store pricing

Posted by universalis on 24 January 2017

Recently, the newspapers have been full of the news that Apple are raising App Store prices in the UK by 25%.

This isn’t actually true. What is true is that if developers do nothing, the price of an app will go up: in the case of Universalis, from £9.99 to £12.99.

But developers don’t have to do nothing. We haven’t.

We have altered the price tier to be applied to the Universalis app, so that from today the UK price for the Universalis app for iOS has gone up from £9.99 to £10.99 but the price in the rest of the world has gone down: for example, from $12.99 to $10.99.

There is no change in the price for a Universalis registration code, which is something you buy from us directly. It is £19.99, or whatever the equivalent is in your currency on the day you buy. If you already have an app, you only need to pay half that: £9.99. (If you haven’t come across registration codes before: a registration code gives you free access to Universalis apps on iOS and Android and Universalis programs on Windows and Mac, and also the e-book creation service).

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Malayalam in Universalis

Posted by universalis on 20 September 2016

The project to provide Malayalam translations of the Mass texts – the Order of Mass, the readings and psalms, and the prayers and antiphons – is almost complete.

Because we have been given these texts free of charge, we do not intend to charge for them. Here is how this works:

Android

Catholic Calendar normally has a one-month period during which it shows you the full text that the paid-for Universalis app would show. But if, in the app settings, you set the “Order of Mass” language to “Malayalam”, then for the Mass pages only this time limit is removed and you will be able to view the Mass without ever having to pay.

This is available now.

Windows and Mac

The Universalis program normally has a one-month period during which it shows you everything; after that, you need to buy and enter a registration code if you want to carry on seeing anything other than the “About Today” page. But if, in the “Translations” screen, you set the “Order of Mass” language to “Malayalam”, then the Mass pages will always be visible and will not require a registration code.

This is available now.

iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)

Free access to Malayalam text will be available in the next release.

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Music in Universalis

Posted by universalis on 15 September 2016

We have long wanted to be able to add music to Universalis, and now at last we have been able to take the first step. Users of the Universalis and Catholic Calendar apps on the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch can now hear:

  • The Marian anthem at the end of Compline (Night Prayer), free of charge.
  • The whole of sung Latin Compline for Sundays, as an in-app purchase.

A useful liturgical fact is that Sunday Compline is allowed to be used on any day of the week, not just Sunday. A useful technical fact is that we have been able to get Universalis to show the sung Latin in parallel with the English and to highlight each line as it is being sung. This means that as you listen, you know where you are and what the sung words mean.

This music has been recorded specially for us by the Schola Cantorum of The London Oratory School, is one of the leading liturgical choirs in Britain. We are grateful to Charles Cole, the Director of the Schola Cantorum, and the choristers for recording sung Compline. We would also like to express our gratitude to Father George Bowen of the London Oratory for his enthusiasm and support, and to the Fathers of the London Oratory for allowing the recording to be made in St Wilfrid’s Chapel, Brompton Oratory, London.

We intend to provide more music (and audio generally) throughout Universalis, so look out for updates! As soon as more music is available, we will also work on adding it to the Android app and possibly to the Windows and Mac programs.

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