Looking to squeeze more out of your Easter Triduum experience? Here are three app recommendations designed to help you do just that. Of course, these wonderful apps can be used all year long, but they hold particular significance during Holy Week and especially on Good Friday.
[FYI..This.photo is of the famous statue that St. Teresa of Avila wrote about in her autobiography!]
On Good Friday you can experience a digital retreat for Lent with Pray as You Go (Free) iOS and Android. This year’s retreat,
Seven Last Words, is a meditation on the last phrases Jesus uttered on the Cross. The material is based on Fr. James Martin SJ’s book on the subject. This beautifully-produced audio retreat is brought to you by Jesuit Media Initiatives out of Britain. This app invites you to spend about about 11 minutes per day (not just during Lent, but all year long!) in a systematic method of prayer which you follow in an audio format; they call this form of exercise “imaginative contemplation” as you are taken on a guided mental cruise of spiritual discovery and wonder and challenge with music, Scripture and questions for reflection.
You will also enjoy their audio meditations on the Stations of the Cross or the Rosary for the Lenten season!
Wheat better time to meditate on the Passion of our Lord than during Holy Week? The Passion of Jesus app ($
1.99 now HALF OFF AT .99 CENTS FOR THIS WEEK ONLY) iOS | Apple Watch | Android is designed to help you develop a tender daily devotion to Jesus Christ and his passion by engaging you–in real time–in the last 24 hours of Christ’s life. The events are put in sequence as found in Scripture and Sacred Tradition. Based on your local time, you are served a respective passion image, a corresponding reflection (based on the collective writings of Saint Alphonsus de Ligouri), response and suggested prayer intentions.
This passion timeline enfolds over a 24 hour period, but you can change this to other timelines to accommodate your schedule– 8 hours, 1 hour and 30 minutes. Its developers note:
“The primary goal of this reflection is to engage believers to ponder and reflect on each aspect of the Passion by allowing time and eternity to intersect, by allowing the power of the cross to pour into our daily lives, no matter where we are or what we are doing….for a few moments, to pause and cast a glance at our Lord and permit this awesome, life-changing reality to bear fruit, to illumine, to set free & to save.”
Also included with this app are
- Way of the Cross by St. Alphonsus Liguori
- Way of the Cross through Mary’s eyes
Take a look at how the app works.
The Divine Mercy Novena may be prayed any time, but Our Lord asked St. Faustia that it especially be prayed beginning on Good Friday and ending on what is now known as Divine Mercy Sunday. Divine Mercy app (Free) Android or iOS is designed to help you discover not only this powerful devotion but the fruits of mercy it promises. The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, who have promoted the authentic message of Divine Mercy since 1941, offer what they consider to be the OFFICIAL Divine Mercy App. This app covers the entire mystery of Divine Mercy–Origin of the devotion, detailed information on messages surrounding the devotion and much more to help bring you into the ocean of mercy promised by Our Lord. Each day of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, we pray for a different group in response to Jesus’ requests which He made known to St. Faustina. Easy to navigate in a beautiful display format, you get:
- Interactive Chaplet of Divine Mercy with an audio option
- Detailed explanation of the three ways to observe the Hour of Great Mercy
- Stations of the Cross, complete with images and the text of St. Faustina’s Way of the Cross
- Images of Divine Mercy
- Explanation of the Feast of Divine Mercy, also known as Divine Mercy Sunday, complete with answers to frequently asked questions
- Novena to Divine Mercy and other popular Divine Mercy prayers…and more!