Electric Prayer

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

Short readings

Posted by universalis on 20 October 2006

Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer have short scripture readings in addition to the psalms: these are now included in the Universalis pages for those hours.

The About Today page contains three short scripture readings for different times of the day. We have taken these from the hours of Terce, Sext and None. Those hours aren’t available on the web site yet, but it seemed worthwhile to give you the readings at least.

Adding these involved extracting and checking 487 passages from the Jerusalem Bible: as usual, this turned out to be a mixture of tedium and enlightenment!

24 Responses to “Short readings”

  1. James said

    It’s great that you’ve added scripture readings. On the correction side, Universalis has frequently misspelled the word “judgment”. Often the site spells it as “judgement”.

  2. Nancy said

    Let us remember that texts used reflect British, not American spelling and punctuation. Thanks to all at Universalis!

  3. Susan Fox said

    Thanks, so much for making Universalis so great. I use it for my home page and it keeps me tuned in, so to speak, all day at work. the new readings are gems. I bet entering them WAS a mixture of tedium and enlightenment. Thanks again for all your work. S.

  4. Esau said

    Universalis is just a magnificent program that enables one to pray the Psalms (just as Scripture would have us – from the rising of the Sun to its Setting!) as well as read passages from Scripture and the works of the Early Church Fathers at any point of the day, evening, or night — whether its in a portable Pocket PC or on a Windows PC!

  5. Sarah said

    Judg(e)ment has been an option in the OED since at least 1973. I too learnt it was always without an ‘e’ but then I am past 70 and perhaps it behoves one to move at least a little with the times! The main point of the written word is communication: grammar etc. is lovely to play with for those who enjoy it, me among them, but times do change or Chaucer wouldn’t be such a bind to read – his works would be simple even for the uninitiated. Lord, how pompous all that sounds but it was fun to write it!

  6. Ann said

    Thanks to Sarah for that little (e)lement of mirth…God’s love liberates us so. And well done to the Universalis team for courageously spreading the Word.

  7. Rex said

    Thank you Universalis!

  8. i really appreciate the work that you are doing and i am very much inspired. do you have an html code somewhere where i can incorporate your morning, evening and night prayers to my blog like a sidebar badge? thank you.

  9. Sarah Bell said

    Dear Wilfredo – you could just add a hyperlink to your blog by copying and pasting the banner on the following page: http://www.universalis.com/n-banners.htm

    You should be able to leave your computer to understand the html and as if by magic the copy and paste will do it all for your blog! Then, hey presto! other people will be able to enjoy Universalis

  10. Judgement is correct as is Judgment but either way you spell it,it belongs to God

  11. Rick Thomas said

    I really like Universalis and I’ve been using it on my Palm everyday since Pentecost this year. I really appreciate the addition of the short readings, but I miss the informative text on the About Today page, usually about today’s saint and/or feast. Can / will these be restored to the downloadable versions? If would make it too large, at least could it be an option for those who don’t mind having to add on a memory card?

    Keep up the good work, and may God multiply the benefit for your time invested in it!

  12. About Today is part of the downloadable version. Not all feasts have their own About Today texts (yet), so you must just have hit a patch of feasts that haven’t got any About Today text attached to them!

  13. Paul said

    Thank you for your hard work, my eye sight is failing and to be able to choose a large font and have the Divine Office on my lap top is a Great Blessing. God Bless you abundandantly.

  14. Matthew said

    Univeralis is very useful and I’m grateful for the addition of the MP/EP short readings. Just a thought – the titles for the days in the second part of Advent are a bit unenlightening – 18th December, 19th December and so on. It would be nice to see the ‘O’ antiphons as the titles for these days – ‘O Sapienta’, ‘O Radix Jesse’ etc.

  15. Dr. J. Taylor Basker said

    I thank you for your posting of the Pope’s Regensburg lecture, but I find his approach neglects the universaility of the great mystic traditions in religion which perceives that the full nature of God is beyond human reason and understanding. His assertion that that reason is a valid means to understand the Divine through theology and is an important path to dialogue is certainly significant. However, the understanding of the non-rational experience of the divine, often expressed through parellel religious symbolism in cultures, provides a deeper way for humanity to grasp the full implications of the action of the divine in the world. While Christianity’s absorption of Greek philosophy provided a framework and vocabulary to discuss theological truths, at base the cross was a scandal to the Greco-Roman sophisticate, and certainly the early martyrs’ readiness to die was considered irrational. The call to love defies reason, both’s God’s and ours.

  16. Silvan said

    Thank you so much for Universalis. God bless you for all your hard work and dedication to prayer. I have been looking for a long time for a practical (yet traditional) system of reciting the Hours, and your site has proven to be an answer to my prayers. I still have some anxieties ‘praying from a screen’, so I print out an entire week’s worth of Hours and carry them with me in a small booklet form.

    I’ve also recently come into possession of a traditional Latin breviary, pre-Vatican II, and was wondering if any of you have attempted to recite the Hours from such a text. Although I read Latin, it has proven to be a very daunting task.

  17. Esau said


    I wonder when you’ll ultimately include an Index of Psalms as well as an Index for other things such as the readings or even the extracts from the works of the Early Church Fathers on your Universalis program??? This sure would come in handy for us who bought and use the program on our mobiles!

    — Especially considering the fact that in your Mass Readings, for the Psalm, you indicate only the number of the Psalm rather than feature its entire text. It sure would be nice if you could incorporate a link on this page so that the reader can jump right onto the particular psalm for that day as far as the Mass Readings go. If this is not possible, again, the suggested Index of Psalms would surely be a help in this regard as well in that the user can locate the particular Psalm by using a help such as this to go directly to a specific hour of the Office (morning, evening, night) that features the Psalm of interest.

  18. Ruth said

    Thanks so much for all your work. Universalis has been such a blessing to me. I am starting to see it linked on a lot of different web pages. That is wonderful as it opens up the opportunity for us all to pray with “one heart and one mind”.

  19. Seth said

    Great work so far! I purchased the downloadable copy today and am thrilled to have this resource. I’ve been tabulating the short readings at the offices during Ordinary Time, which recur on a four week cycle. I’m confused about the Terce reading on Thursday during the third week of the cycle (see July 19, 2007, for an example): “Lord, in every way you have made your people great and glorious. You have never disdained them, but stood by them always and everywhere.” No reference is given and this frankly doesn’t even sound like scripture. Could someone check on that?

    Just curious–


  20. Seth –

    Wisdom 19:22.

    There are a number of missing verse references, an artefact of the way the database was built, and I’m correcting them as and when I notice them.

    Thank you for your alertness!

    – Martin.

  21. Seth said

    In the Office of Readings, Monday in the 33rd week of the year is missing the scripture reference–it looks like Joel chapter 4.

  22. Yes, it is Joel chapter 4. The reasons for some references being missing are rather technical but always have something to do with different verse numberings in different texts of the Bible. Usually it’s a matter of fractional verses (when a reading starts or ends in the middle of a verse) but in this case it’s because some bibles give Joel a long chapter 3 and no chapter 4 at all.
    Thank you for pointing this out. I’ve corrected it and the correction will appear online next time I upload the database and in the downloadable versions next time they are updated.

  23. cherry said

    Many Thanks to universali. I use both online and the palm version. Sometimes I just check online to find the correct place in the book version. Overseas in Poland my palm version was invaluable, enabling me to travel light but have the day’s office and mass readings on hand anywhere. As a result my trip was real pilgrimage opportunity- beautiful and crowded churches, mass and benediction everywhere and throughout the day. It was easy to translate the Polish into english ( or latin) for all the familiar parts and my palm universalis handled rest.

    Just another thougth to throw out there- wouldn’t it be great to get digital recordings of all the psalms etc for the office in English Gregorian Chant so that we could learn and participate in this ancient and rich practice in our homes or perhaps in small gatherings. I was wondering whether it would simply be a job for a dedicated group of benedictines ( or other order) somewhere who are used to chanting the office in English rather than Latin.
    Many years ago I used to often join a Dominican community to prayer evening prayer. In that communty they were using simple Gregorian chant ( I think) in English. I have very fond memories of singing the Salve Regina with the friars and lay people. I often try and pray with Latin Gregorian chant playing in the background and I also sometimes use psalms sung in modern style ( eg Sons of Korah). I just reckon that singing or chanting adds a whole new dimension. Is there some religious community who wants to give it a go?

  24. Jennifer said

    Thank you so much for such a wonderful site! After having grown to love praying the Office as a novice in religious life, I really felt a void without it. It’s awesome to still be able to partake in this rich prayer of the whole Church.

    Just wondering, will you eventually add the short responsories from Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer like you have for Night Prayer?

    God Bless You!
    Thanks again.

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