Lent 2012? – There’s an app for that…

Lent is most definitely not the season for giving things up, it is the time to start something new. This Lent, how about being only one click away from saying the Divine Office, reading the Bible, learning to sing Lenten chant, saying the Rosary, or even just learning a new prayer?  Surely it can’t be easier?

Here is my list of top Apps for Lent:-

LAUDATE –  Available for Android, Iphone and Ipad.  FREE

This App is for the entire year but why not start using it this Lent. It bills itself as “The most comprehensive Catholic App.”  It is available in English, Español, Português, Italiano, Bahasa and Polski. It features daily Mass Readings from the American Lectionary, the Liturgy of Hours from Universalis, the New American Bible, Rosary (very cool bead-shaped buttons that you tap on the side once you have said each prayer), Chaplet of Divine Mercy , Stations of the Cross, various prayers and prayers in Latin with English translation – the Pange Lingua and Ubi Caritas are on the list but missing the Ave Regina Caelorum. There is a podcast for Rosary and Stations. Daily Meditations. Podcasts of Daily Readings and meditations. The Douay-Rheims Bible is available for offline reading.

MAGNIFICAT Lenten Companion –  2012  – Optimised for the IPAD.  FREE from the App store on the ipad.

“Designed to help you live all the graces of Lent.”    Starting from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday, this App gives you daily prayers for the morning, evening and night, Mass readings (American Lectionary) and  Lenten meditations.   There are sound files for the Audi Benigne Conditor, Vexilla Regis Prodeunt, Stabat Mater, some music files for Easter and even a meditation for the Stations of the Cross. Really good layout.

IBreviary – I have reviewed this before but its brilliant and somewhere l remember reading that it was the first Vatican-approved App.

LENT LITE –  Free on the IPAD.  Meditations and Reading for Lent from St. Thomas Aquinas. With the free version you get the readings on alternate days. If you want the full version with readings everyday it will cost you a couple of quid.

WAY OF THE CROSS – FREE on IPAD.  Very basic. Takes you through a colour plate of each of the stations with a heavy accented narrator reading the stations and the prayers. What can I say? Good intentions…

There are more Stations apps available for Iphone. istations, Via Crucis

Apps listed that I have not tested:-

Not by bread alone  – Daily reflections for Lent 2012. “In just minutes a day, be nourished by brief but deeply insightful meditations on repentance and redemption, sacrifice and salvation, resurrection and new life. With Scripture as the foundation for each day’s brief entry, readers will find the guidance they need to become closer to God’s word during this holy time of year. ”

There are more Stations apps available for Iphone. istations, Via Crucis

I am slightly skeptical about endorsing the Confession app which according to the BBC was approved by the Catholic Church. Decide for yourself.

Lastly, if you are giving something us this Lent then there is an App for the IPhone called DAYS WITHOUT. For £1.49 it will help you keep track of simple goals you are trying to accomplish to kick those bad habits.

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