New Roman Missal Apps

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11 Comments on “New Roman Missal Apps”

  1. January 8, 2013 at 9:04 am #

    We’ve launched the newest and most complete offline Roman Missal app on Android:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.alphaopensource.romanmissal

    It works absolutely offline. It has the Order of Mass, Prefaces and Eucharistinc Prayers in English and Latin. Complete with readings for every single day of the liturgical year.

    • Catholic Apps
      January 8, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

      This appears to be a wonderful addition to the app world. It this app Android only?

      • July 19, 2014 at 11:48 am #

        Sorry for the super late reply, which comes more than a year later. For now, it is for Android only. We hope to release an iPhone version in 2015.

  2. Mike Roth
    June 24, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    I’ve tried both The Roman Missal and iMissal. iMissal is easy to use and claims to be complete but lacks the Entrance Antiphons, the Gospel Acclamations and the Communion Antiphons, which means that if you attend a weekday Mass where these are recited, there will be times when you will need a printed Missal in one hand and your phone with iMissal in the other. What’s the value in that?

    The Roman Missal app is more complete but also much more complex and finicky. After installation it took less than 30 seconds for it to lock up my Razr Maxx HD, requiring a reboot. After restarting, I found resizing of text to be a complete mystery. It starts extremely small, then gets extremely large, then finally settles in on a size that the app is comfortable with. From there, it is possible to make the text larger but not to make it smaller. Even after selecting “English,” certain parts of the material (the Entrance and Communion Antiphons, the responses to the Responsorial Psalms, and the Gospel Acclamations) are still presented in both English and Latin. Going through Mass from beginning to end requires going back and forth from section to section within the app, much like an old printed Missal with its several place-keeping ribbons. Unlike iMissal, The Roman Missal is a standalone, offline app and doesn’t make use of your device’s date and time information, so it doesn’t know what year of the Sunday Cycle it is (A, B or C) or which weekday Cycle it is (I or II). Instead, it presents both and expects you to know. Likewise, it expects you to check both the Proper of Saints and the Proper of Time and know which propers are applicable to the Mass you are attending — not an unreasonable expectation for a printed book or even an ebook, but this is supposed to be an app, and ought to bring at least some level of automation to the task.

    • Catholic Apps
      June 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

      Great review of those two popular apps containing the Missal! Your frustrations are understandable. May I recommend iBreviary?
      http://www.ibreviary.com/new/index_en.html
      It has the Missal elements that you are looking for. The navigation is relatively easy. It is free. Unfortunately, probably because of its name, a lot of app users might miss the exceptional Missal (RM3) contained in iBreviary. It is much more than a breviary. It contains the complete Roman Missal (3rd Edition, English) with all the various parts for the day that are needed for the full text of the Mass. I used it on my iPhone this morning at Mass as a participant in the pews. To get to the antiphons, I tap the menu button at the top which takes me to the various texts for the day. On iPad I can swipe to the right to see the text menu, make my selection and keep reading. Text size can be changed with pinch. Very simple. You need internet access but you can download as much as a week ahead. As is mentioned in our review, the feast days may not be precise as some differ in the United States and this is a native Italian (European) app. Please give iBreviary a try and let us know how this works for you.
      Here is a tutorial- in native Italian, but you’ll have no trouble understanding the visual functions.

      Hope this is the solution you are looking for!

      Jenny

  3. Barasa Tom
    October 13, 2013 at 10:38 pm #

    Wonderful apps.

  4. NG MENG HEONG
    April 26, 2014 at 7:18 pm #

    Excellent

  5. October 3, 2014 at 3:24 pm #

    Universalis.. Brilliant !!
    There are Universalis apps and programs for Android (including Kindle Fire), iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch), Mac and Windows.
    Try it out before you buy. http://www.universalis.com/n-android-other.htm
    install Catholic Calendar.

  6. Rocky
    December 16, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    Universalis is definitely the best, but it is also the most expensive :p

  7. Maria Gomez
    January 25, 2015 at 12:35 pm #

    is there a daily roman missal that’s not internet dependant and has the Mass in Latin of Vatican II

    • February 9, 2015 at 6:17 am #

      Check out Roman Missal for Android or Missale Romanum or iBreviary all as listed under our Missal Apps menu.

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