Priest invents app to celebrate mass with iPad

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“An Italian priest has developed an application that will let priests celebrate Mass with an iPad on the altar instead of the regular Roman missal,” “The Rev. Paolo Padrini, 36, a consultant with the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said the free application will be launched in July in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Latin.”

“Two years ago, Padrini developed the iBreviary, an application that brought the book of daily prayers used by priests onto iPhones. To date, some 200,000 people have downloaded the application, he said,” “The iPad application is similar but also contains the complete missal – containing all that is said and sung during Mass throughout the liturgical year.”, “Upgrades are expected to feature audio as well as commentaries and suggestions for homilies as well as musical accompaniment, he said. ‘Paper books will never disappear,’ he said from his home parish in Tortona, in Italy’s northern Piemonte region. But at the same time ‘we shouldn’t be scandalised that on altars there are these instruments in support of prayer.'”

Full article here.

More info and download link via Apple’s iTunes Store here: iBreviaryPro (free)

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “James W.” and “TheConfuzed1” for the heads up.]


  1. Hey, I just created an app to keep track of your prayers. You enter your prayers on your iOS device, and it uploads them to the associated web service, which periodically broadcasts them into space. It’s free if you accept advertising from services we feel you might be gullible enough, uh, interested in.

  2. Oh pretty much everything in the world is a colossal waste of time. In fact, life is just killing time until time kills you. Why begrudge those who seek to find some meaning slightly beyond KING KONG 360/3D?

  3. I downloaded the excellent iBreviary two years ago (when it was still a 99 cent application). It works pretty well, and has helped to illustrate the benefits of technological devices to some older, more conservative types who were stunned to see that my uber-cool phone included a Breviary.

    Technology is an enabler. You can use it to enable good things, bad things, silly things, time-wasting things. Depending on your beliefs, this could app could be any of the above.

    I’m glad to see this app. Perhaps it will give people the opportunity to study the Roman Catholic mass and better come to understand it – for good or for bad, that they come to their own true understanding, rather than just showing up at church every Sunday because it’s what you’re supposed to do. Trying to avoid the religion flame wars, I’ll just stop there.

  4. Can we stop with the religion bashing?

    This app is going to be great for travelers (imagine going to Mass in France or Italy and having the English version available on your iPad), and for military chaplains out in the field or in hospitals.

    I’m Episcopalian, and wonder if anyone’s doing an app for the Book Of Common Prayer (iBCP?); it would be nice to be able to read Morning or Evening Prayer when I travel.

  5. @altar boy: Well said…and when multitasking comes to the iPad in the later iOS 4 release, it will be easy for people to switch between the iBreviary and one of the Bibles already available (or perhaps one on the iBooks or Kindle app) for conducting their own personal devotions.

  6. As a Catholic, I believe that God is present in His Word (the Scriptures), so before a Scripture reading at Mass, the priest generally holds up the book of Scripture readings for viewing and veneration by the people.

    Somehow, I don’t think I’ll be able to get into venerating an iPad…

  7. @emmayche,

    As am I, and I totally understand. That would present an occassion of sin for me….I would be tempted to worship the wrong thing. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  8. @emmayche,
    As a Catholic, we were taught that the Pope was God’s infallible representative on Earth.
    To hell with that line of reasoning. Arrest the Pope.

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