Basically the app is broken down into three parts:
- The Liturgy of the Hours
- The Daily Missal for the celebration of Mass
- Catholic Prayers and Rituals
There are a number of other Breviary apps in the iTunes store, but this one has some special qualities. And I am going to jump on my favourite first. That is offline loading of the text. You can load up to 15 days to use off-line.
That seems like it isn’t a lot but if I go on two weeks vacation, say to a ‘off the grid’ type of place, like camping for instance, this is very handy. Now granted, there aren’t a lot of places left that don’t have some sort of Wifi, but having the ability to download the text before hand will same me time later.
A new feature for version the new iBreviary for iPhone is automatic reading of texts.
Who can use it?
The feature is available for iOS7 (iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5s, 5c, and up and ipad – iphone version to fit the screen of your iPad)
How does it work?
Going into view SETTINGS (Settings), you can enable the feature by activating the button.
Entering in the texts of the Breviary, it will be displayed in the lower right corner, an icon “Speaker”.
Clicking on this will activate the function of reading voice.
That’s voice. Pretty neat. Now maybe this will make you feel less alone?
2. Daily Missal for the celebration of Mass
Now, this will be great for priests that need the daily readings handy for reflection and prayer.
The iBreviary offers you the complete daily missal to follow the Mass or, if you’re a priest, even to celebrate it. It is similar to the missalettes and worship aids found in your church. I have yet to convince my local parish priest to have his iPad on the Alter, but I could definitely see him using this on a youth bus trip, or when he is travelling for World Youth day.
3. Catholic Prayers and Rituals
Are you in a quiet place, finding yourself wanting to pray a rosary or the Way of the Cross? These prayers can be found in other apps, but here there are all in one. That’s handy, that’s a blessing! The iBreviary offers all the major Catholic prayers and more!
The iBreviary also offers the complete texts of the rites for the celebration of all the sacraments: the Anointing of the Sick, Viaticum, Marriage (including the readings), the funeral rites, Communion of the Sick, and many other rites useful for meditation, prayer and pastoral ministry. Again, this is very good for those that are ordained.
iBreviary is available in English, Italian, French, Latin, Spanish, Romanian, *Portuguese, *German, *Arabic (*soon to be published).
Catholic daily readings all on your iPhone or iPad.