The prayer of the Holy Rosary was inspired by an apparition of Mother Mary to Saint Dominic in the year 1214. Mary has appeared to many other saints over history to emphasize the importance of this prayer including the children of Fatima in 1917, and with Jesus appearing to Saint Faustina in 1935. Blessed Pope John Paul II has said that the Rosary was his favorite prayer, and added the wonderful Luminous Mysteries to the Rosary in 2002.
I would like to recommend a great App to say the Rosary and to help give deeper meaning to this prayer. iRosary is a wonderfully programmed App that offers the prayers of the Rosary with inspiring artwork that was recently updated (version 3.0) for high definition of the iPad and retina display of the iPhone. This App is a wonderful teaching tool for children and adults, and you may like it so much that it will become a regular part of your prayer life.
The creators of iRosary, were inspired to program this App when their 6-year old daughter was diagnosed with the blood cancer–leukemia. Their daughter received 7-months of medical treatments and lots of prayer from family and friends in 2008. The Brown family believes that through the power of praying the Rosary, their daughter is now free of cancer, and blessed them to make this beautiful prayer of the Rosary for the iPhone, iTouch, and iPad. It is a universal App that is reasonably priced at $2.99.
iRosary offers all 20 Mysteries of the Rosary, and one has the option to turn on/off the Luminous Mysteries for those wanting a traditional 15 Mysteries. iRosary offers many styles of beads and can be operated for left or right hand manipulation of the beads. iRosary also offers the user many types of ways to say the Rosary with variations for the Fatima Prayer, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and the Lorreto Litanies. The App will also remember where you left off if you are interrupted during your prayers.
I would also like to recommend the book, The Rosary: “The Little Summa” 3rd Edition, from Aquinas Press, which helps to give you a deeper understanding of the Rosary. The author, Robert Feeney, has written a wonderful book about the complete history of the Holy Rosary, and offers chapters to better understand the Mysteries of the Rosary. This book also has endorsements from many prominent Catholics including, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, and Bishop Paul Loverde.
Do you have any inspiring Apps or books to share in this blog?