Did you get an iPad for Christmas? Time to load it with The Mass Explained. This unassuming icon looks like a Scout merit badge. Don’t be deceived. Take this one seriously. Platinum standard for Catholic education apps.
This glorious educational app is in a class by itself, and as its price suggests, you get what you pay for and much more. We should all have a richer, more profound understanding of the Mass which is our quintessential point of contact with God. Catechists, school children, seminarians, young adults, bored adults, fidgety pew-sitters, non-Catholics, those on a quest for more mystery in their life and Catholics who think they know it all. Well, imagine a book jam-packed with multi-media resources that takes you on a journey in, through and around the subject of the Mass–its origins, history, nuances, principle gestures, principle parts, sacramentals, music, art, Scripture, the language of Jesus and so much more. You don’t read this book. You EXPERIENCE it.
This app does what all apps should do with the lofty subject of our Catholic faith–push the extreme limits of digital craftsmanship that the reader deserves. THIS is digital evangelization at its very best, and we are indebted to its programer and developer, Dan Gonzalez, for showing everyone in the app world how to make a serious product worthy of the glory of our faith in consideration of the dignity of the inquiring soul who touches the glass screen.
It is only available on a 2nd generation iPad (or newer) for a reason. As its developer notes, The Mass Explained takes full advantage of what the Mac can do with hands-on learning that makes the Mass come alive. Explore the significant aspects of historical development with panorama pictures that plunge you into the scene, interactive maps, slide shows, videos with 3-D animations and audio that enables you to listen to prayers and chants in their original languages. Of course, this app comes loaded with foundational documents and works of serious scholarship surrounding the subject. You will never view the Mass the same after sifting through the vast resources at your fingertips and experiencing the digital delights.
This app alone should entice you to upgrade to a new iPad if you don’t have one already. It’s THAT glorious. Still not convinced? PLEASE check out The Mass Explained for a video overview and an impressive list of linked reviews which give highest marks for this exceptional product. What a dazzling gift for someone who’s got an iPad 2 or newer!
This first volume of the Mass Explained app explores the first two parts of the Mass–Introductory Rites and Liturgy of the Word. Developers note that a second volume will be produced to cover the last two sections of the Mass–Liturgy of the Eucharist and Concluding Rites. Available in English only.