iBreviary "Pro Terra Sancta" HD
Developer: Leonardo Parenti for Netguru s.r.l.
An evangelization project by Paolo Padrini
iBreviary "Pro Terra Sancta" is the application that brings the traditional Catholic
prayer of the Breviary and all the texts of the Liturgy on your iPhone and iPad.
iBreviary "Pro Terra Sancta" wants to contribute, through a partnership with
Custody of the Holy Land, friendship and prayer for all Christians living
iBreviary is available for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and contains:
- Breviary, Missal and Lectionary complete in 7 languages and continuously updated
(Italian, French, Spanish, Romanian, English and Latin)
- The text of the Breviary and the Missal in the Vetus Ordo Ambrosian Rite and Latin
- All the main prayers of the Christian
- Rituals for the sacraments and celebrations
- The liturgical texts used in the Holy Land
- The proper liturgical texts for some Religious Orders
- Keep in touch through the blog and the pages of the Franciscans
- Full management of saved days (selection and cancellation)
- Instantly download the entire week (continuing to quietly use the application without having to wait for the download).
- Enlarge and diminish the character of the text, with the pinch-to-zoom or new settings
- The ability to adjust the color of the background for a better reading of texts
- Content Languages: Italian, Inglese, Español, Français, Română, Latinum, Vetus Ordo
- Languages constantly updated content.
The new version contains many new features, both in terms of usability
and functionality. Propers have been added for the Missionaries of the
Precious Blood, the Passionists, the Franciscan Family and a new
section of texts from the Holy Land.
In particular, the new version contains:
- A new screen for the text style and settings menu
- the ability to change the size of the text either manually with a
slider or using the pinch-to-zoom function
- the ability to select among three different types of text display
(classic, alternative, night)
- a new style of display for use at night or dark environments (white
text on black background)
- a new section for Proper Liturgical texts (with their own Proper Calendar)
- a new method to select the language of the texts
- the ability to search for preferred texts, within the menu
(prefaces, prayers, rites, etc.).
- a new page to manage downloads of a day or entire week
- the ability to delete all the texts downloaded at one time.
- the new MASS EDITOR
- the ability to create all the texts of the Mass on one page, adding
the text of the homily, announcements, readings, etc.
- the ability to create a Mass using both ferial texts, as well as
texts from the Common of Saints, Votive Masses, etc..
- the ability to email the customized Mass texts
- a new FULL SCREEN mode
- a new screen with INFO and CREDITS
- the ability to send emails to report problems, missing texts,suggest
- a new TUTORIAL to learn to use the version 3 of iBreviary Pro Terra Sancta
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- Optimized Night Mode
- Possibility to download the previous day
- Minor Bugfixes
Ratings and Reviews
Opens "the prayer of the whole Church" to laity once again
Vatican II renewed the role of non-ordained people in the Liturgy. More than just Sunday Mass, that meant the other major liturgy of the Church, the Liturgy of the Hours, or Daily Office, which it reminded us was the "Prayer of the whole Church."
Prayed each day by clergy and religious orders, it is meant to be part of every Christian's cycle of prayer. In fact, the popular devotion of the Rosary emerged during the medieval era to help illiterate peasants participate in the Liturgy of the Hours by replacing the 150 Psalms with the Hail Mary on a string of beads. When recited, their prayers could be united to those of the monks in a nearby abbey praying the full liturgy.
This app gives that full prayer back to the people, while remaining an extraordinary resource for laity, ordained and religious alike. Popular devotions are combined with resources for clergy to plan a mass, and it simplifies the busywork of choosing the right common text for each day and season.
New Mass Editor is a Nice Addition.
The app is a great tool which I found invaluable on my mission trip to Africa. I was able to download 2 weeks in advance which gave me access to the liturgical texts I needed without packing my books. This is a big advantage over the other apps that I am aware of as they need Internet access on the day when I want to use them. The rites, prayers, and blessings present have proven very useful as well. I like the addition of the Mass editor but it is only a first attempt for that so it needs work. I look forward to seeing the improvements on that as they are rolled out. For my purposes as a permanent deacon, I would like to be able to choose which parts of the Mass to include. This week I am collaborating on a communion service as part of a retreat we will be doing in a prison. Since no priest was available we cannot have a mass and I would have preferred to eliminate the Eucharistic Prayer which will not be used, as I emailed the liturgical team for the retreat.
I have always appreciated this app even from its early days. It keeps getting better and better. I do have a few complaints, however, that refer to the English language.
In past versions the propers for the Dominican Order was included. Those seem to have been removed. I don't know why, I never saw a explanation. Granted, the developer may not be at fault. But, he should communicate changes like this more clearly.
Another issues is the collects. Due to the new translation of the Roman Missal in the English speaking world there is a disjunct between the Collects that are common to the Mass and the Office. The developers have done a great job of incorporating these new collects in he festive seasons, commons, and propers. However, Ordinary time has not been done. Hopefully they are working on this.
The most frustrating deficiency to this app is the hymns associated each hour. I'm aware that not every English language version of the Divine Office has the same hymns. However, I would have hoped that by now the developers would have included all of them. Without having access to all the hymns in the Breviary it makes it inconvenient to pray the Divine Office with others. Obviously, this is not a problem if you only say it on your own. However, saying the Divine Office in private s less than ideal.
Other than these three relatively minor frustrations I love this app and recommend it to anyone who desires to pray he Prayer of the Church.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.