Two things that I’m known for around our offices are my love for electronic gadgets and my ability to find my way through the intricacies of the Catholic liturgical calendar. So it’s not surprising that I’ve got a page of apps on my iPad that keep me plugged into the Church’s cycle of feasts and readings.
Our own Saint of the Day app includes biographies of the saints, many in both written and audio form. Searchable by date, name and cause, the app is a constant reminder of the communion of saints.
I have two different versions of the Liturgy of the Hours. I had a bit of a search to find versions that had the Grail psalms. I’m familiar with the flow of the words from the official printed English text, and other translations seemed jarring. The app from Divine Office.org has a sung version of the Office, as well as an interactive map showing all the people who are praying with the app at the same time.
The iBreviary app includes the prayers and readings in several languages. I’m hoping by the time I go to Italy later this year to be able to find my way through the psalms and daily prayers in Italian.
The iMissal app gives me the entire lectionary at my fingertips. This is invaluable for the work that I do with Weekday Homily Helps and Bringing Home the Word. It also includes the full text of the Mass.
More apps are showing up all the time, not only for the iPhone and iPad but for BlackBerry and Android devices as well. Having the prayers of the Church as close as your smartphone gives new meaning to the admonition to “pray always.”
What’s on your wishlist for new Catholic apps?