Thursday, December 15, 2011

Divinum Officium and Daily Missa

The internet has brought many resources to those interested in the Liturgy of the Church in all its Forms.

Here is a website which has the daily Mass according to the Roman Missal of 1962 and even the Divine Office from the ancient Monastic, to Trent to the Rubrics and New Calendar of 1962.

What an enormous work and to give due credit to the founder, let us read from their page.

This website was created and designed by the late Laszlo Kiss. Mr. Kiss, longtime resident of Forrest Lake, Illinois, died suddenly at his home on Monday, 11 July 2011, shortly after returning from a walk with his wife Marta. He was three days shy of his 73rd birthday. Mr. Kiss was born in Budapest, Hungary, on 14 July 1938, and married Marta Noske on 31 January 1968. He worked in Budapest as a computer engineer until emigrating to the United States of America in 1982. In 1983, he developed "Image," one of the first computer-controlled manufacturing systems in the world (still in use to this day). He retired in 2000, and, among other things, selflessly devoted hundreds of hours to creating the website, which provides free access to many different versions of the Divine Office (or breviary), the traditional daily prayer book of the Roman Catholic Church. His funeral was held at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Volo, Illinois, on the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (16 July). Mr. Kiss is survived by three brothers in Hungary, and in the States by his loving wife Marta (of forty-three years), their two sons Zoltan and Chaba, and their two grandchildren Sophie and Ryan.
On Monday, August 15, 2011, the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady, The Divinum Officium Project was founded, with the permission of Laszlo's son Chaba, to preserve and further Laszlo's work and to promote the worship of the Triune God through the Divine Office. Currently, The Divinum Officium Project consists of a diocesan priest as well as three software developers who maintain the site and ensure its accuracy.
May Mr. Kiss rest in peace.

1 comment:

  1. Dear friends of the Extra Ordinary Rite,
    First of all my great thanks to inform us who have been using the site created by the late Mr Kiss. He was really humble and admirable person, focusing on the cause to create the best site on internet for the Divine Office. It is sad that I found out this only today that Mr Kiss passed away in July last year. I want to thank also his family and Una Voce Toronto that you are supporting the site to work.
    I'm using the Divinum Officium everyday as a Knight of Malta in Obedience. I also use the Missa site as a MC in the Order of Malta and in my parish in Lund, Sweden. We have a missa cantata every Sunday since last year. We are planning, with the support of the excellent site Divinum Officium also to introduce the Little Office in latin regularly in the parish.

    Please forward my regards to Mr Kiss family, he was a true noble man giving us such a valuable tool to extend the old rite, both the mass and the office, to wider circles.

    Sincere regards,
    Mats L.G. Rosen, Knight of Malta in Obedience, Treasurer Scandinavian Association of the Order of Malta. MC for the Gregorian Rite in St Thomas ab Aquino parish Lund, Sweden.