Arabic “iBreviary” iPhone app available
JERUSALEM – The “iBreviary” application is now available in Arabic. This application contains the prayers of the current Liturgy of the Hours, but also the daily Mass readings and other prayers. It aims to help as secular priests in their daily prayer.
“iBreviary” application is a project born a few years ago, a collaboration of the Custody of the Holy Land, through its NGO ATS Pro Terra Sancta, with other organizations working for the future of the Holy Land and local Christians. Behind this major project is a priest of the Diocese of Tortona, northern Italy, Fr. Paolo Padrini.
In an interview with him published on the site of the application, Father Padrini explains: “the Breviary prayer is established by the Church and is intimately linked to the idea of mobility. New mobile apps allow for a lot of things while traveling, while on the train, the bus, in the park – or church. The iBreviary simply tends to connect technology with the faith and the human need to talk with God, to feel closer to Him in prayer, and at any time of day.”
This useful application is now available in nine languages: English, Italian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, Turkish, Latin, and in recent weeks, Arabic. iBreviary also places in the hands of the faithful the texts of the Sacred Liturgy according to the Ambrosian rite, performed in Milan in northern Italy, as well as the texts of Traditional Latin Rite (Extraordinary Form) used before the reform of the Council Vatican II.
The appearance of “iBreviary” in Arabic was received as a true gift by many bishops, priests, religious and lay faithful, who appreciate the spiritual treasure that contains the Liturgy of the Hours and the daily Mass readings. Every day the breath of the Word of God can come through this new technology, renew in them the life of the Spirit and the inner life united to God.
Explaining the purpose of this application, Father Padrini notes: “After thorough research and considerable reflection, we decided to create an Arabic version of iBreviary. There are many Christians who live in Arabic-speaking countries. We must give them our support and help them in their prayer. Therefore, we must provide them with services and tools that are able to satisfy their spiritual needs: This application is an important aid in this direction. The application is available for tablets and smartphones, and provides a collection of official and liturgy texts of the Christian faith in Arabic.”
The iBreviary, application totally free, is accessible to all. Soon it will be available on Android and iPad.
For more information, please visit the application: http://www.ibreviary.org/en/