Universalis

iPhone / iPad / iPod Touch

AppStore link

Either Buy for £9.99 ($12.99 or €12.99)

  • Get Universalis from the App Store.
  • It lasts for ever and you never need to pay again.
  • One purchase covers all your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.
AppStore link

or – Subscribe for £0.79/month ($0.99 or €0.99)

  • Get Catholic Calendar from the App Store.
  • One month’s free trial before you need to subscribe.
  • One subscription covers all your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.

or – Free if you have already bought a Universalis registration code.

Content & features

Full liturgical calendar including many national and local calendars.

About Today pages for every saint and feast.

Liturgy of the Hours – Psalms, prayers and readings from every Hour: Morning Prayer, the three daytime Hours (Terce, Sext and None), Evening Prayer, Night Prayer and the Office of Readings, in English or Latin or both. Translations: The readings are from the Jerusalem Bible and the psalms are the Grail version, which is used across the English-speaking world.

The Order of Mass – The new English translation of the Order of Mass, which came into use in 2011. You can optionally view the text in Latin and some other languages side by side with the English.

Readings at Mass – First Reading, Responsorial Psalm, Second Reading, Gospel Acclamation and Gospel, plus the antiphons and prayers for the Mass of the day. Translations: You have a choice between the Jerusalem Bible readings with the Grail psalms (used in most of the English-speaking world) and the New American Bible readings and psalms (used in the USA).

Mass Today A single page that gives you the whole of the Mass of the day: the Order of Mass with all the readings, antiphons and prayers filled in.

The Angelus

Music & audio

You can get the following music and audio from within the app:

Compline (Night Prayer) – £2.99 ($3.99 or €3.99). Sung Latin Compline (Night Prayer) for Sundays from the Schola Cantorum of The London Oratory School, which is one of the leading liturgical choirs in Britain. The boys have recorded this music especially for use in Universalis. Free sample: you can listen to the Salve Regina and other Marian anthems free of charge in the app, or click here to play a sample.

The Angelus –  free. You can listen to it in either English or Latin.

Operating instructions

Quick shortcut for full instructions: open the app and shake your phone!!

A very brief introduction

To make the text bigger, double-tap anywhere in the middle of the page.

To see alternative texts, tap the red button at the far right. The alternatives may be different saints, or a different choice of invitatory, Creed, Preface, etc.

To see the toolbar, tap once, anywhere in the middle of the page.

To see other Hours, tap the “Hours” button at the top centre of the toolbar, and pick the Hour from the list.

To change to another date, tap the calendar button at the top left.

To change font style and size, night mode, and switch between scrolling and paging, tap the “Aa” button at the top right.

To get full instructions, tap the “ⓘ” button towards the left of the toolbar. Or just shake your phone while the app is open.

Older versions of iOS

The current version of the Universalis app works on iOS 8 and above. If you have an older version of iOS, the App Store will let you download an older version of the Universalis app. Here are Apple's instructions.

Operating instructions for older versions of the app.