lightstock_134571_medium_user_5219415Anyone who has a smartphone or tablet is aware of the extensive list of apps available, everything from cropping and editing a photo to making and organizing your grocery list. But how many apps do you use to supplement your personal spiritual life? We’ve compiled just a few popular apps available to those seeing to “churchify” their mobile experience:

  • Electronic Common Prayer –“The first, fully authorized, interactive version of the Book of Common Prayer 1979 of the Episcopal Church USA.” From Church Publishing.
  • Reflections for Daily Prayer – “Easy to use daily prayer app based on the only Bible reading notes designed specifically for the Church of England by Church House Publishing. Includes: Full lectionary details for Morning Prayer from Common Worship, a reflection on a Bible reading, a Collect and the option to read reflection within ‘Simple Morning Prayer’ format.”
  • Forward Day by Day – “Includes daily morning and evening prayer from the Book of Common Prayer of the Episcopal Church, the daily scripture readings from the lectionary, information about saints who are commemorated, and the meditation from Forward Day by Day.”
  • Episcopal Calendar – “The Liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church, according to the 1979 Book of Common Prayer. Shows the date of all feasts,fasts and optional commemorations listed in the prayerbook along with the associated liturgical colors. Also includes the Proper numbers for Sundays after Pentecost.”
  • Bible – A free, popular Bible app. “Hundreds of Bible versions, hundreds of reading plans and hundreds of languages. Add your own highlights, bookmarks, and public or private notes.”

Have any other app recommendations to share? Use the comments section below.

Posted by DioStaff

8 Comments

  1. I’m sure this is a very useful article for my iPhone brothers and sisters… but for those of us in the the Church of Android, is it possible to convince anyone from DioStaff to reissue a list for us? I’d even be willing to contribute a few suggestions.

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    1. Tom, we would welcome your suggestions for Android apps – please send them along! And thank you!

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      1. So if I’ve begun to put together a list, would you like me to comment with it here? Or should I send it to someone particular?

      2. Yes, that would be great!

  2. Episcopal Android Apps
    Daily Office from Mission St. Clare – if ever you have had a craving for some comprehensive guided prayer, this is the app for you. In fact, the app basically includes everything for a spoken morning or evening daily liturgy except the Eucharist. What’s more is that both offices are available through the app in either English or Spanish. Simply select which you prefer on the app’s start-up screen.

    BCP online – I’ve found myself thinking to myself a few times that, as much as I like my red-covered BCP, sometimes I wish it were a little easier to navigate. Enter the BCP Online app. Based on bcponline.org, the in-app options include the Daily Office, the collects, the psalter, and a list of prayers and a list of thanksgivings included in the BCP. Also in-app are icons that link to the Daily Lectionary, the bcponline.org website, as well as a tool to help keep a prayer list. And for the die-hard BCP addicts among us, each section in the app is labeled with page numbers corresponding to the printed 1979 version.

    Pray As You Go – Okay, even though this is supposed to be a list of Episcopal apps, I can’t pass up Pray As You Go from Jesuit Apps. Its primary function hosts a daily devotional webcast, but what I love about the app as a whole is that all its content is in audio form. You can go into the settings and set it to download and store the webcasts for a set number of days and then automatically delete once they’re past. However, there are also available versions of the Ignatian Examen and other contemplative tracks. All told, I find Pray As You Go a very helpful, centering app to use on my morning commute.

    Bible Gateway – I know many clergy and laity alike who make use of biblegateway.com for a whole host of reasons. I personally like the ability to look up a verse or passage of scripture on Bible Gateway, using my translation of choice, and then compare that translation with any of the other versions available online. Bible Gateway in app version has the same ability to compare translations. Not only that, but select translations also have an audio track available, which I use often (must be something about hearing scripture read to me just like I hear it on Sunday morning).

    The best part about all four of the apps on this list; they’re all free!

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  3. Five apps, in addition to a couple you’ve mentioned, that have been helpful to me are:
    1) Meditator–for centering and contemplative prayer. Allows you to set sounds (gong, Tibetan bowl, etc) and time intervals (preparation, prayer, intervals) to guide you.

    2) Pray!–great for keeping prayer lists with notes for type of prayer (intercession, thanksgiving, etc.), reason for prayers, and with the ability to set reminders for each individual you list.

    3) Lectionary– Daily Office and Sunday Lectionary complete texts with ability to select which lectionary (BCP, RCL) to use, to view alternate readings, and to choose Contemporary or Traditional forms of collects. You set font and background colors for Bible text. Automatically displays liturgical color as background for main page for each day; lists season name, Proper number, and date. Simple navigation.

    4) Olive Tree Bible Study: available on desktop and mobile, super easy navigation in Bible translation of your choice (most popular trans. available free, many others via in-app purchase) makes it great to use in group setting. Concordance by topic and people. Make notes, add on commentaries (in-app purchase).

    5) iBCP–mobile version of Online BCP. Can copy and paste into docs or email which is helpful for liturgy planning, especially when working on full text bulletin or double-checking rubrics/additional notes on the fly. Great for guidance through daily devotions; unobtrusive in hospital calls; I’ve even used it in lieu of an altar version when performing a wedding out of state in a college chapel (on iPad!).

    Yes, these are iPhone versions and I believe they were all free, if not for a nominal charge (like $.99 or $1.99)

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  4. Awesome recommendations, folks – thanks!

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