With the current situation of not being able to use missalettes and hymnal’s in our pews, I thought I would share some apps and other resources that you can download on your smart phone to help you pray the Mass, reflect on the readings and enter more deeply into prayer.
(Note that most of these apps are free, but they also rely on donations to pay for the server, the updating and the creative work behind the scenes. If you like and/or frequently make use of these apps, consider sending a donation through the app or on their website.)
I will share other apps and electronic resources in future posts.
iBreviary: http://www.ibreviary.com/ (IOS and Android) - FREE
This is probably my favorite app for the readings of the Mass as well as the Liturgy of the Hours. You can download each day or a whole week for use offline. In addition to being able to replace the four volumes of the Liturgy of the Hours, the Weekday Missal and the Sunday Missal, it also offers Catholic prayers and rituals and such as Stations of the Cross, Divine Mercy Chaplet, litanies and prayers, as well as text for ritual masses and rites.
You can also switch languages in the app.
For those of you who manage parish websites, code is available to put the iBreviary on your website as as widget.
Laudate (IOS and Android) – no website – Search for Laudate in your app store - FREE
This app probably has the largest collection of prayers of any Catholic app and is available in many languages. It also includes the readings for Mass, Saint of the Day, Catechism, Bible NAB and Douay-Rheims, Vatican Documents, chaplets, rosary meditations, podcasts…etc.
Because it is so extensive, you can create a folder of your own favorite prayers for easy access.
The thing I don’t like about this app is that it tries to include everything and, in so doing, some of the material is not designed for phones making it harder to use or even requiring internet access in order to access (for example, the bible is not available off-line).
Universalis http://universalis.com/ - (IOS and Android) – Free trial, after which you can purchase the app or get a subscription
Like iBreviary and Laudate, this app provides readings for the Mass as well as the Liturgy of the Hours, although it uses the Jerusalem Bible/Grail translations, so the texts will not perfectly match what we use in the US.
The web version (not the app) is free, so if you have access to either wifi or a unlimited data plan, you could access Universalis on your phone browser.
My Catholic Life https://mycatholic.life/ - (IOS, Android and Kindle) - FREE
This app has the daily readings and a daily reflection on the readings, a Saint of the Day, Reflections and Prayers related to the Divine Mercy devotion, inspiring quotes, and daily news compiled from various Catholic News Feeds. I really like this app for the reflections on the reading.
Pray as you Go https://pray-as-you-go.org/ - (IOS and Android) - FREE
This is an app that started out as a podcast for commuters to pray the Gospel of the day “as they go” to work or home. This app plays a short hymn, followed by the reading of the Gospel. The app then guides you through a reflection to help you enter into the Gospel. There is a re-reading of the Gospel.
The entire prayer time lasts about 15 minutes and is a form of Lectio Divina to help you listen and reflect on the scripture of the day, connect with God through prayer and become more aware of his presence in your life.