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Chanting the Psalms

Posted by universalis on 19 July 2018

The Grail psalms, which are used in the English Liturgy of the Hours, are designed with a given number of stresses in each line. The number of syllables per line may vary from one verse to the next, but the stress pattern remains consistent throughout the psalm. As one might say:

When chánting each psálm,
the páttern of stréss is consístent.
If you lóok at the márks,
you will sée how the psálm should be chánted.

In general, among the printed Liturgy of the Hours books, the English books tend to include these marks (“pointing”) and the American ones tend not to. The latest versions of Universalis give you a choice between viewing the stress marks (if they are helpful) or hiding them (if they are distracting).

The question then arises – what to do with these marks once you have them?

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July 2018 newsletter

Posted by universalis on 17 July 2018

The calendar clicks steadily on through Ordinary Time like the mileometer on a bicycle, but if you look closely enough at them, the weeks do each have their own character.

This week, in the Office of Readings, is the week of Elijah, while the Second Readings come from On the Mysteries, by St Ambrose. Addressed to the newly baptized, these readings go into depth on the symbolism of every part of the rite these people have just been through, and its connection to the salvation history of the Old Testament. Later in the week the focus moves on to the Eucharist. What adds freshness is that St Ambrose had only been baptized himself some thirteen years before writing this treatise. The story of how a catechumen, not yet baptized, was chosen against his will to be Bishop, baptized one week and consecrated the next, demands a lot more than a quick sentence in a newsletter. Even this About Today page in Universalis only scratches the surface.

Audio progress • Long passages • Invitatory Psalm • Hybrid Hours • Daytime psalms • How to update

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Cheating with the daytime Hours

Posted by universalis on 13 July 2018

In the Liturgy of the Hours, the daytime Hours (Terce, Sext and None) are designed to cater for all preferences. Specifically, they are designed to cater for people who celebrate all three of them each day and also for people who celebrate only one.

The tricky thing about the daytime Hours is that what psalms you use depends on which kind of person you are. There are “psalms of the day” which should be used each day, once only; and there are “complementary psalms” which should be used at any daytime Hour when you don’t recite the psalms of the day. Moreover, now and then, there are rules about which Hour you can use the psalms of the day at, and which you can’t.

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How to update the iOS app

Posted by universalis on 13 July 2018

The last version of Universalis and Catholic Calendar for iOS (version 2.90) had a bug which caused it to crash when you tried to view it as light text on a dark background. This was a bad bug because if you already had Universalis set to that mode, it would crash as soon as you opened it! We immediately produced a corrected version, version 2.91. Apple very kindly gave it priority in their review process, and version 2.91 is now in the App Store.

This post describes how to update your Universalis (or Catholic Calendar) app quickly. Most people’s iPhones and iPads are set to update their apps automatically, but this only happens at intervals, so doing it by hand is quicker.

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Universalis iOS 2.90: bug CORRECTED

Posted by universalis on 12 July 2018

This bug has been corrected. Sorry for the inconvenience!

The update is in the App Store and you should find it installed on your device soon. But if you don’t want to wait, please visit this page for instructions for getting the updated, corrected version 2.91.

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