Thoughts and a bit of photography from a Third Order Benedictine.
Today’s Gospel Reading … in a Word Cloud
Today’s gospel reading in a word cloud thanks to Wordle.net.
 At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children;  yes, Father, for such was your gracious will.  All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.  Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
(Matthew 11:25-30 ESV)
Apps for Prayer
I’ve run across several iPhone apps that you may want to check out. These all make it pretty easy to pray the daily office. No more flipping back and forth in your favorite prayer book. (Of course, I still like holding a real prayer book in my hands but these apps are pretty handy).
Mission St. Clare App. For those of you who are familiar with the Mission of St. Clare website, this app. will be a welcome addition! Based upon the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, this app provides everything you need to pray the daily office. Price: Free.
Divine Office App. My Roman Catholic brothers and sisters will be interested in the Divine Office app. It’s beautifully done with chanting, music and of course, the prayers and readings. Based on the Liturgy of the Hours, this app provides everything you need to pray the divine office. You can simply listen or follow the instructions provided to follow along in your breviary. Price $14.99
iBreviary App. I’ve not as familiar with this app from Pro Terra Sancta but it looks full-featured. Created by a Roman Catholic priest, this app not only provides everything one needs to pray the divine office but also contains the daily Missal. There’s a lot of bang for the buck here. Price: Free
iPrayBCP App. As indicated on the website, “the iPray app was developed by users of the Traditional Book of Common Prayer who desired an easy-to-use application of prayer book worship. iPray simplifies negotiating Scripture readings and the appropriate daily prayers following the liturgical calendar of the church, including feasts and fasts, into one, easy-to-understand application. The app was designed with the user in mind, placing the day’s lessons at the user’s fingertips. Four daily prayer offices are brought to you based on the liturgical calendar and the time of day: Morning Prayer, Midday Prayers, Evening Prayer and Compline.” This app is relatively new and I only see it improving over time. Price: $1.99
Although I’ve only mentioned apps for iPhones, they may well be available on other platforms so please feel free to check them out in more detail.