Two apps designed for Good Friday

At no other time of the year do two apps focus so passionately on one day. Good Friday draws our attention to the Passion of Jesus AND the first day of the Divine Mercy Novena. Let’s look at two fine apps that immerse you into the mystery of this day of our salvation. And yes, Stations of the Cross are included in both.

The Divine Mercy Novena may be prayed any time, but Jesus asked 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 Apple.

Jesus made his requests known to St. Faustina in the first half of the 20th century. The Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, who have promoted the authentic message of Divine Mercy since 1941, offer this OFFICIAL Divine Mercy App which covers the entire mystery of Divine Mercy–origin of the devotion, detailed information on messages surrounding the devotion and pertinent prayers.

All the elements are arranged in two primary, easy-to-navigate screens which include:

  • Interactive Chaplet of Divine Mercy with an audio option–customarily prayed at 3:00 hour, the “hour of Mercy,” but any time is ok.
  • 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 the Divine Mercy of Jesus
  • 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.
  • Background on St Faustina
  • Timeline of the origin of the devotion

Plus, you have the option to set a daily reminder to say your Novena–always a beneficial aid!

This is the most comprehensive Divine Mercy app out there. And there is no better time than this week to start enjoying the blessings Jesus promised to those who pray the Novena and Chaplet faithfully and sincerely.

Passion-of-Jesus-logoThe Passion of Jesus app Apple ($1.39)| Apple Watch | Android ($.99) 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.

Today, this app opens in the midst of the Passion sequence of events (which started yesterday) and will serve you parts of Christ’s passion throughout the day!

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

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Author:Jennifer Kane

Content Evangelist, Jennifer Kane, is a secular Carmelite (OCDS), wife, mother, grandmother who worked for more than 30 years in marketing/communications which included 20 years in radio broadcasting including news director. She holds degrees in Journalism/Communication (BA) and English (MA) from St. Bonaventure University. In 2016 she authored the Vatican application for minor basilica status for The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean, New York. Pope Francis granted that title in 2017. Research on the basilica formed the basis of her history book, A Place Set Apart. She previously authored the book, A Worthy and Capable Clergyman, the second part of the history book in a slightly different format. She is founder and editor of the website,, the #1 English language website cataloging/reviewing Catholic apps for mobile devices.

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