Technology has come to praying the rosary.
The Catholic Sentinel, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore., recently reported that a new iPhone app, iRosary, helps guide the faithful through the rosary and the mysteries on any particular day. It also allows a user to stop the prayer and return at a later time in case you’re interrupted.
Developed by Dave and Jackie Brown, parishioners at St. Francis Church in Bend, the application has been around for about a year. The couple’s idea for the app arose after their young daughter, Isabella, made an unexpected recovery from leukemia. They said they wanted others to experience the comfort of prayer, particularly the rosary.
Isabella is doing fine now. And the Browns are offering iRosary through iTunes at $2.99 per download. It recently surpassed the 20,000 download mark, making it the most popular Catholic application on the site.
Reporter Ed Langlois wrote that the small screen depicts animated beads that can be moved with a touch. Corresponding prayers pop up on the screen along with devotional images.
Another popular app allows traveling Catholics to find local Mass times. It’s a free download and is available at CatholicWeb.com.