Join the thousands of people who use Universalis daily!
You will get:
• The Catholic liturgical calendar for every year (until the year 2300 and beyond!). Over 20 local calendars, including USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, India and Singapore, and most of the dioceses of the UK.
• The About Today page: information and meditations on the saints and feasts of the day.
• Lectio Divina: for meditating on the day's Gospel.
• Readings at Mass: the readings, psalms, prayers and antiphons for the day’s Mass. The Jerusalem Bible readings with Grail psalms (USA and Philippines: New American Bible).
• Mass Today: the Order of Mass and the prayers, readings and so on, all merged into one single sequence, so that you can follow Mass; or even celebrate it if you can find a discreet place to put the iPad on the altar.
• The Liturgy of the Hours: Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, Night Prayer, the three daytime Hours, and the Office of Readings. The scripture readings are from the Jerusalem Bible and the psalms are the Grail psalms.
• You can search for words and phrases in the readings and psalms, see their context and go to the date when they are used.
• You can set an alarm to remind you when it's time for each Hour. You can also set alarms for the Angelus.
• Music: you can listen to the Salve Regina at the end of Night Prayer, and an in-app purchase will give you the whole of Sung Compline in Latin from the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School.
• Speech: You can listen to the Angelus spoken in English or Latin. You can optionally subscribe to other spoken content, including the Gospel for each day's Mass; all of each day's Hours; and the three daytime Hours in Latin (a subscription renews itself automatically each month but you can cancel it at any time).
• You can have a second language for the Order of Mass, in parallel with English: Latin, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Polish, Malayalam or Yoruba.
• You can choose between turning pages like a book or scrolling like a web page. You can choose fonts and font sizes (including huge ones) and you can turn on a night mode for reading in the dark.
• If you are blind, turn on VoiceOver and press the Information button in the toolbar at the top of the screen to get full instructions.
• You can see the saint of the day in a widget on your Today screen.
• If you have an Apple Watch, you can see the week’s calendar and read the Mass readings.
Everything is permanently built in to the Universalis app. You do not need an Internet connection.
You can also set up an email service to send you selected pages automatically each day.
As always, if you want full instructions, open Universalis and shake your device. Side to side works best. (If you are using VoiceOver to read the screen to you, then instead of shaking, use the Information button in the toolbar at the top of the screen).
For full details of the translations used, visit www.universalis.com. If you want to see more before you decide to buy Universalis, download the free Catholic Calendar application. It gives you a month’s free trial of Universalis content.
If you choose to subscribe to the spoken Gospels at Mass for £1.99 / $1.99 / €2.49 per month or Morning+Evening or Daytime Prayer for £2.99 / $2.99 / €3.49 per month (prices in other countries will vary), payment for a month's subscription will be charged to your iTunes account immediately. Subsequent monthly renewals will be charged within 24 hours before expiry of the current period. You can turn auto-renewal off at any time. If you turn auto-renewal off in the middle of a period, you will not get a refund but you will receive the benefit of the entire period and your subscription will then stop.
More illustrations in the About Today pages, covering dates up to the end of March.
Daily meditations for Lent by Dom Henry Wansbrough OSB, courtesy of the Catholic Truth Society. You will find these in the About Today page, starting on Ash Wednesday.
Ratings and Reviews
Ever evolving essential Catholic app
This app is a fundamental part of my life. The Divine Office (now with optional audio on subscription) no longer needs three big fat books, and multiple bookmarks, checking for local celebrations, remembering which week it is.
“About today” gives information about saints of the day, including the less well known, but not necessarily less worthy. (I suspect that many of us couldn’t actually explain the roll-calls in the First Eucharistic Prayer!)
Recent updates are including the variations of religious orders - anyone who has found themselves perplexed on a retreat with Carmelites etc, will appreciate this feature.
I originally paid £9.99 for Universalis, which saved the expense of acquiring new Missals (Sunday and Weekday) when the clunky new translations came into use.
At first, there were a few disapproving looks when I followed Mass on my iPhone in church, being someone who finds the written word holds my focus more strongly, but now wise worshippers are adopting Universalis widely.
Even if a pew Sunday Missal is available, it still has small print size, and lacks flexibility across dioceses and countries.
Almost, but not quite!
Some of the scripture readings don’t correspond with the translation used in the printed English Divine Office books, they’re obviously the same reference but not the same version. This means if you’re using the App to pray alongside others who use the book, things don’t match, and makes it awkward if you’re the reader for example.
Sometimes the antiphons don’t match the book,too.
Also, an option to view the 1962 Calendar would be nice. That doesn’t necessarily mean we need the 1962 office available too, clearly that would be a massive undertaking and other good apps are available for that, but the calendar helps for those of us who attend both ‘forms’ of the Roman Rite.
Universalis has for a long time been one of the best Catholic apps for the iPhone. Having the Divine Office on a device, all totally available offline, is so useful and helps me keep in touch with my daily prayers. The app is regularly updated with new features, some chargeable (you don’t have to subscribe, it doesn’t impede usage at all) some not. Overall a mainstay app on my iPhone home screen, and will be for years to come I hope.
- Universalis Publishing Limited
- 61.5 MB
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- © 1996-2018 Universalis Publishing Limited
- In-App Purchases
- Spoken Hours £2.99
- Daily Gospel £1.99
- Sung Latin Compline £3.99
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.