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iPray the iBreviary

I have written about the Public prayer of the Catholic Church here before where I explained what the Liturgy of the Hour or Breviary is,  how it started and who is supposed to pray it. Now I thought I should write a quick post on a couple of Catholic Apps designed for Blackberries and Ipods/Iphones, which are well worth reviewing. 

I first came across the Liturgy of the Hours for Iphones through an Application called ibreviary, which was designed by a Catholic Priest, Don Paolo Pardini, and is really great.

Don Paolo Padrini’s invention , the 1.2 version of the prayer app, has the blessing of the Vatican, is now available in Spanish, French, English and Latin (for those, like the Pope, who want a return to pre-Second Vatican Council days) and a version that follows the  Ambrosian Rite, for the five million Catholics or so in the Milan area. But it has no audio, at least the Latin Version doesn’t, which is the one I am using at this time.

There are a couple of other Applications for the Liturgy of the Hours that do include audio, from church bells to the Psalms sang in a  ‘Monastery or Gregorian Chant style’, as well as the readings of the day. I am totally impressed with the idea, although I recognize that some of the Apps available still need some work. I have downloaded the Divine Office by SurgeWorks, which includes a nice feature that lets you know about other peoploe praying at the same time as you around the world, which somewhat helps emphasize a sense of  ‘communion’ with the greater Church.

The Applications can be downloaded from iTunes:  The iBreviary is free, whilst the  Divine Office by SurgeWorks can be purchased for $US 14.99 or for free for the Compline only. The Lauds or morning prayer costs $US 2.99.

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