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Frequently Asked Questions


The following are some commonly asked questions and our current responses. Please note that some tradition specific questions are answered in the specific tradition's page.

  1. I found a typo/bug. Where can I report it?

    My email address is in the footer of the website. Please email me there and I'll fix it ASAP.

  2. Why don't you have (such and such) content or translation?

    Copyrights. We would love to add many more things to many more traditions. We would also like to have additional Bible translations. But all these things depend on our ability to get permission from the copyright holders.

  3. If you have permission to use (such and such) content, why don't you?

    Time and money. The site is run by a married guy with kids and a full-time job. Some things are simply a matter of coding and time. If we have permission to use some content, but we don't have a digital copy of the content, we have to manually type it out of a book or else cut, paste, and format things online. In other cases, we might have permission to use the content, but we don't have access to the content. For example, even if we had permission to include an Eastern Orthodox Menaion, a complete 12 volume set can run over a thousand dollars.

  4. I'm a copyright holder, and you don't have permission to use my content!

    Although we strive to respect all copyrights, if we make a mistake and inadvertently use something without permission through ignorance, please let email me and I'll remove it ASAP.

  5. How can I contact the site admin?

    My email address is in the footer of the website. Please email me there. Please note, per FAQ #3, I don't have much free time, so please be patient when it comes to responses.

  6. Is there an App for that?

    No. But the site is designed to be mobile and desktop friendly.

  7. This site is great, how can I help?

    Hosting a free web application still costs money. If you would like to help out financially, please go here . Even small amounts by many folks can help cover the hosting costs.

  8. I can't help out financially, but could I help out with something else?

    Maybe. If you're interested in helping out with data entry or data formatting jobs, please email me.

  9. I'm a coder. Can I help out?

    Maybe. Most of the server side coding is simple. We have purposely kept the client side JavaScript to a minimum and as such, chosen to avoid frameworks like React. 99% of the code is in Common Lisp, so if you know that, you're welcome to email me.

  10. Is the site open source?

    No. Unfortunately, due to content copyrights, the site is currently closed source and resides on a private repo.

  11. Does this site use cookies?

    No.

  12. Does this site track my data?

    No. The only thing logged is your IP, which I can't not log. If you want to hide that from this and other sites, consider a proxy or VPN.

  13. How do I navigate the site?

    The main page and the tradition sub-pages all have a "Navigation" section. Please see those sections for more information.

  14. What are the site preferences?

    The site preferences are, just that, things you can change according to your preference. Right now they just let you change the output of most long Bible readings to a style you prefer (including a Text-to-Speech friendly output). In the future, these will also allow you to change Bible and Psalter translations.

  15. Why does the time change when I click on a different service after getting the "Current Service?"

    When you click on a "Current service", the site pulls the current date and time from your web browser. If you then click on another service, the site will move you forward or backwards in time so many hours for whatever service you requested. In other words, it will display the service "as it was read" or "as it will be read" at that time. The same thing happens when you go to "Other Dates." The site will take you forward or backward in time to that service.

  16. The site always shows the wrong date, even when I click on "Current Service."

    The site pulls your time from your computer or device. If the time is wrong on your device, it will be wrong on the site. Please check your date and time settings on your device if this is happening.

  17. Can I use this site with text-to-speech software?

    Generally yes. Select "Text-to-Speech Friendly" in the preferences and navigate to the service you like. Browsers or addons which support TTS should then be able to read the service to you. I have personally tested this with the Surfy Browser on Android and some TTS plugins for Firefox.

  18. Does the site offer an API?

    No.

  19. What do you mean by a "classical Christian?"

    For the purposes of this site, a "classical Christian" is a baptized Christian who holds to the basic trinitarian Christian beliefs found in the Apostles' and Nicene Creeds. The sections for each tradition/denomination will make further belief assumptions per those traditions, but the basic creeds are assumed throughout the site. This will NOT support non-trinitarians or make any attempt to follow whatever liberal trends or beliefs are currently fashionable.

  20. What Bible translations does this site offer?

    Currently only the Authorized King James version. For the Eastern Orthodox, there is a Septuagint Psalter called the "Psalter of the Seventy." Please see the Orthodox section for more information.

  21. Where did the lectionary come from?

    Me. I wanted the daily Bible readings to cover the entire Bible once a year, not include the Psalms (which have their own schedule), and have it incorporate a reading from each Testament in the morning and evening. The idea comes from the Book of Common Prayer, but since the BCP lectionaries do not cover the entire Bible, I had to make my own.

  22. Does the lectionary include the deuterocanon/apocrypha?

    No. Unfortunately, there is no set list of "canonical deuterocanonical books." Even among the Eastern Orthodox, some books are included in some regions and not in others (for example, 4 Maccabees in Greek Orthodox, but not in Russian Orthodox). If we include the Oriental Orthodox, it's even worse. For example, the Ethiopian Orthodox have an even bigger canon than Catholics or Eastern Orthodox. That being said, if someone wants to come up with one I'd consider including it, provided it still goes through the entire canon all Christians agree on and has only two readings in both the morning and evening. The goal is to not only "breathe" the Psalms, but the whole of Scripture.

  23. Why don't you follow a Sunday lectionary like the RCL?

    Because you should be in church then, not on a computer or on your phone!

  24. Why are there multiple Psalm reading schedules?

    The are actually three Psalm reading schedules. A monthly one and two different weekly ones. The monthly Psalter schedule is used for services which have a morning and evening style of worship. The weekly ones are used for services with which involve the classical canonical "hours." There is a Western one, based on the 1911 Roman Breviary by Pope Pius X. It was chosen because it has fewer repetitions in it than something like the Benedictine schedule. The Eastern one is based on the twenty Kathismatas and is used by the Eastern Orthodox.

  25. Why are the Eastern Orthodox Psalms numbered differently?

    Because that's the way they roll! In all seriousness, it's due to how the Psalter was arranged in the Septuagint. The old Latin Psalters are similar. Regardless, all 150 are still there, just ordered slightly differently.

  26. What does (such and such) rubric mean in (such and such) service?

    If you don't know, Google it. Although we might include a liturgical dictionary sometime in the future, our goal is to provide a worship aid, not a comprehensive course on liturgies.

  27. Why does this site include services which involve the invocations of Mary and the Saints?

    Because that's how those traditions worship. If you don't approve of this practice, don't pray those prayers.

  28. I'm a (such and such type of Christian) and I disapprove of you including (such and such) services!

    Noted. Peace be with you.

  29. Does this site support the ecumenical movement and hope to unite Christians?

    Absolutely not. In fact, we encourage Christians to worship according to their traditions. For those that don't have any classical liturgical traditions, we offer our own whose content comes entirely or mostly from Scripture itself. But we have no desire to see Christians unite under some minimally inclusive standards which ignore real doctrinal issues.

  30. Is this site intended to be a substitute to going to church?

    Absolutely not. If you're not a member of a local church body than we'd encourage you to find a solid one ASAP!

  31. Where did the "Evangelical services" come from?

    Me. They are inspired by Matthew Henry's "A Way to Pray" and modeled after the classical Western hours and the Book of Common Prayer. However, they are modified to keep the extra-biblical content to a minimum (or none for the Bible-only services) and try to avoid repetitions. As such, either the entire or most of the service comes directly from Scripture. The evangelical services also do not use the classical church calendar.

  32. Why doesn't the Reformed tradition have it's own section?

    Confessionally, classical Reformed Christians hold to the "regulative principle," and so are opposed to things like the church calendar. So it seemed best to include them in the broader evangelical services. For Reformed Christians who like to follow things like the church calendar, we suggest you use the Anglican or Lutheran services.

  33. I'm an evangelical, but I don't mind the church calendar and creeds?

    We'd suggest you use the Anglican or Lutheran services.

  34. Do you plan on adding Catholic services?

    Yes. We hope to add a version of the classic Roman Breviary in the future. See FAQ #2 & #3 for why not yet.

  35. Do you plan on adding any Messianic Jewish Services?

    Yes. We'd like to add a Messianic Siddur eventually. See FAQ #2 & #3.

  36. I'm a (denomination not currently supported), what should I use?

    Pick one that's closest to yours. For example, we'd recommend protestants who are not opposed to the church calendar (like Methodists) to use the Anglican or Lutheran prayers. For all other protestants, we'd suggest the Evangelical services. If you're a Roman Catholic, you might consider the Anglican services or the Eastern Orthodox services (for something different).

  37. Are there any plans to include non-English services?

    No. Once the English ones are "complete" in the sense that we have a broad coverage, we might reconsider.

  38. Who is this "we" you keep referring to?

    Me, the site admin/creator. I like the "royal we."


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