Thursday 2 April 2020    (other days)
Thursday of the 5th week of Lent 
 (optional commemoration of Saint Francis of Paola, hermit)

Free audio for the blind

Office of Readings for 5th Thursday of Lent

Morning Prayer for 5th Thursday of Lent

Evening Prayer for 5th Thursday of Lent

Other audio in Universalis

We are starting to provide audio of our own, accessible directly from the Universalis apps. It doesn't need any Internet access and has many other good features. You can read about it here.

About this page

A few months ago we received the following letter from a member of the Rosminians:


Having noticed the recent introduction of audio options into your Divine Office I am wondering if the enclosed would be of any interest to you.

Some years ago a member of our community began to lose his sight and was unable to read the Office. As a result I undertook to record the offices of Readings, Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer. I also purchased an application to to render these recordings in 'Daisy' format so that he could use his RNIB machine to listen to them.

Some time later it occurred to me that they might be welcomed by others with impaired sight and would be a useful extension of the hundreds of hours I spent in their recording! Accordingly I wrote in the publishers, Harper Collins, and got permission to distribute a limited number of copies, on a non-commercial basis, to others registered blind. With this in view I published an advert in the Catholic Herald and produced a simple website - see http://www.advent.cd2.com.

It seems to me that, with the advent of Universalis, and its extension into audio you may be in a position to help a wider spread of people, especially those with sight difficulties.

The enclosed memory card has all the mp3 recordings that were used in the production of the seven CD's and I am hoping that you can further extend their usefulness.


Br.Robin IC

We are happy to provide day-by-day access to Brother Robin's recordings through the Universalis web site. As he says, the publishers' permission is "on a non-commercial basis" and therefore we in our turn are making the access free.

Calendar and discrepancies

The recordings are based on the English calendar for the diocese of Westminster. If you are using some other calendar then they may therefore be out of step with what you see in the rest of Universalis. For instance, the Epiphany, the Ascension etc will be celebrated on Sunday and not on their proper days. Moreover, the recordings were made before 2015, so they do not include the feast of St Mary Magdalen, because her celebration was, at the time of recording, only a memorial and not a feast.

Nevertheless, with all these discrepancies we hope that these recordings will be useful, and we present them in that spirit.

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