Rorate Caeli

[Updated:] Divinum Officium and Laszlo Kiss's legacy
Thank you for your interest

Dear readers,

I believe most of you are familiar with the website, which has been linked to our page ever since its own foundation (it is posted under both "Today's Mass: Missale Romanum" and "Today's Office: Breviarium Romanum", right at the beginning of the sidebar).  I personally consider it to be one of the most important websites ever created. Unfortunately, the author of this admirable endeavor, Mr. Laszlo Kiss, passed away unexpectedly on July 11 - may he rest in peace.

The website is available to be downloaded and was updated one day before Mr. Kiss's decease. The perpetual calendar on the website is surprisingly accurate and usually conforms almost 100% to the Universal Ordo, as defined by the rubrics in force for the 1960 Code of Rubrics (and, for historical reasons, also for the preceding sets of rubrics). 

A priest who is a friend of our blog contacted us wondering if perhaps any members of our readership who are internet and computer-savvy would be interested in working on a project to repost the site using the downloaded files, so that the site may be kept alive and any edits can be made so that it remains accurate. Ideally, it would be nice to have other languages available in the future besides Latin, English, and Hungarian. The site itself remains online, but who knows for how long? Mr. Kiss wrote on the website: "I keep doing this in the hope, that a team will pick up the idea, and will use the computers in entirety to help worship God." Father adds, "I firmly believe that this is what he would want to happen to his website and to his work. Having access to the entire Traditional Breviary and Missal online is a great boon to the many priests and lay people who use the site as a very helpful resource for praying the traditional Divine Office to the greater glory of God."

[Update (2200 GMT): thank you for the overwhelming, generous, and incredibly prompt response; I believe we have achieved our goals - including the crucial one of finding a permanent and stable institutional web location for this invaluable instrument: we are honored to have "brokered the deal" for the latter. Father will be saying a Traditional Mass this Friday for all those involved in the project. We will post updates on the situation when we are informed.] 


Anonymous said...

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace. Amen.

Jon said...


Thank you for sharing the news. I immediately offered a prayer for Mr. Kiss.

I use the site daily to pray the Office. My wife, who has a visual impairment, uses the site at Holy Mass on her iPhone, as she can easily increase the font size, and there's no page turning. She used it just last night, as a matter of fact.

The end of the web site would be a great loss.

mundabor said...

Thank you for the info, and a prayer from me too for Mr. Kiss' soul's repose.

I will echo this on my blog and give your contact in case someone can help.


Father Anthony Cekada said...

The site provides not only the '60 breviary, but other versions as well, including the Divino Afflatu (St. Pius X) version, which I use.

I've been using the site on and off over the past few months. It's extremely easy to use because is gives you everything you need in sequence.

I've noted a few errors occasionally, but as far as I can tell, it is remarkably accurate for such a complex program.

It's great for those learning the Breviary, because seeing all the material assembled in order and using it regularly over a period of time gives you a sense of how the daily office is put together. This way, the rules become far less abstract.

Because a parallel column in English is provided, it's easier to deal with the oddball vocabulary words occasionally tossed in by smarty-pants Jesuits hymn writers — e.g., yesterday's "fera bruma," not to mention "ridet in pratis," which to this English speaker, at least, summons up an image rather different from what the poet intended. deserves to be maintained and improved as a service to all who recite the Breviary.

In gratitude to Mr. Kiss, I'll offer a Requiem for him this month. RIP.

New Catholic said...

Mr. Steve T., if you wish so, you may contact us directly. Thank you!


Anonymous said...

May he rest in peace, Amen. Father, thank you for offering the Requiem Mass for him.

Lee Terry Lovelock-Jemmott said...

Without this man, my knowledge of Latin and its richness would never had come but most of all without this man I would have been bereft of the Divinum Officium which has nourished and fed The Holy Catholic Church since time immemorial. I think 1 can say he truly had Our Lord with him in his endeavours and his works shall have yielded heavenly rewards beyond compare. Requisciant in Pace Faithful one.

Anonymous said...

I regret that I never got around to emailing Mr. Kiss to thank him for providing this excellent resource on the traditional Office. May Jesus grant eternal rest.

Ryan Ellis said...

I helped Laszlo develop 1960NewCalendar. I felt like I got to know him a bit in the process. What a hero to the movement.

Anonymous said...

I'm shocked to hear this news. What a wonderful work Mr. Kiss was doing. I hope that the site continues as it was intended. RIP.

Gratias said...

What a difference this one Holy Man made. Lazlo Kiss's reward will be in Heaven.

Deo gratias for divinum officium, and for Rorate Caeli, which reopen traditional horizons for the Catholic faithful.

Mary said...

I was so surprised to hear Mr. Kiss had died. I will definitely remember him in prayer. His site is truly wonderful.

New Catholic said...

Dear Bruce, Thank you. Unfortunately, your comment could not be posted - we are not authorized to publish that e-mail address.

Anonymous said...

Vir optimus bene de Ecclesia meritus requiescat in pace Domini.

Anonymous said...

Psalm 130
Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.
Let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplication.
If Thou, O Lord, shalt observe iniquities; Lord, who shall endure it?
For with Thee there is merciful forgiveness:
and by reason of Thy law, I have waited for Thee, O Lord.
My soul hath relied on His word; my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning watch even until night, let Israel hope in the Lord.
Because with the Lord there is mercy, and with Him plentiful redemption.
And He shall redeem Israel from all her iniquities.

[In conclusion]
Eternal rest give unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
Let us pray.
O God, the Creator and Redeemer of all the faithful,
grant to the souls of Thy servants departed the remission of all their sins,
that through our pious supplication they may obtain that pardon
which they have always desired;
who lives and reigns for ever and ever. Amen.

Mr. Laszlo Kiss may your soul rest in the peace of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
My prayers are with your family.

Rubricarius said...

Very sad news about Mr.Kiss. R.I.P.

Anonymous said...

Thank you (both blog proprietors and those who have volunteered)for your efforts to continue Mr. Kiss's work. His site has greatly contributed to my spiritual life for the past couple of years and he and you will be in my prayers.

Anonymous said...

I had promised the Lord to keep myself from commenting on blogs in general as an aid to humility. In this case, I believe an exception would be understood by the Lord.

Mr. Kiss's efforts on this blog have given me access to the daily Mass. For personal reasons I have not been able to retain a hard copy missal, and the few parishes here that offer the Ancient Mass have general missals that do not have the specific readings and prayers for each day.

I do note that some of the translations of the Latin prayers into English are a little loose, but overall this site and the program running it are excellent.

As such Mr Kiss is a huge benefactor of mine - without him I could not follow properly the daily Mass at all, and I shall certainly pray for his repose.

I humbly ask NC and Chris Paulitz to add his name to the Rorate Caeli Purgatorial Society this week as well.

Toronto fidelis.

tim mccarthy said...

I have known Laszlo since he first put up the Divino Afflatu. I proof read most of the versions. In answer to the loose translations in the Office, they come from the Bute, which is flowery but is approved. Whoever picks this up should know I have only proofed the Sancta Missa propers from December to March, the rest should be checked. The Ordinary for the Mass has been checked. I was part of the tiny team which helped my pal, Laszlo. The last time asked the team included a priest in England, a guy in California, one in Florida, and me. Perhaps whoever takes up the mission will add the Benedictine Kalendar as the pre Monastic Office includes only the Saints from the Canon.