Originally Posted by beartard
The Liturgy of the Hours, often called the "Breviary," is *the* prayer book of the Roman Catholic Church. It is in three volumes, corresponding to different seasons of the Christian year. All priests, brothers, and sisters pray from this book up to seven times daily according to rule. It is also used by an increasing number of laymen. Each "hour" consists of Psalms and scripture readings, interspersed with other prayers. The book was reformed and simplified following the Second Vatican Council in order to make it more approachable for the whole Church. This is the Latin version with which the two current English translations (US and UK) are in concordance, not the later 1985 revision, for which there is no direct English hardcopy available.
It's impossible to find the English translations in any electronic form due to copyright (a detestable situation, given the subject matter.) It was converted from the plucker format for palm using plucker's explode tool and Kovid's html2lrf.
This post contains the order of Compline or Night Prayer (ad completorium), the final prayer before retiring for the night.
The Latin may be copyrighted, too. Has someone checked with the Vatican publishing house (who will hold the copyright if it is under copyright, I expect)?
Has someone tried checking with ICEL to see if we could get copyright clearance for a free edition?
By the way, there is a fully licensed (I think) version of almost the whole Liturgy of the Hours for about $50 for Palm/PPC/Windows at: