Prayer AppFairfax, Virginia – A new and unique daily prayer app is now available from Eastern Christian Publications for iOS and Android devices.  The app is titled “ECPubs” and is available for free download from either the Apple Store or Google Play.  This is the only Byzantine Catholic app available in English with all the changeable prayer texts included for the Daily Office.

The app is updated daily with full texts of The Hours and Daily Vespers, and with all changeable parts included according to the Byzantine Typicon, or liturgical calendar. The main options in the app are:

- Prayer of the Day – icon and troparia (hymns) for the saint of the day
- Java with Jesus – daily reflections to read while you have your morning coffee
- Living Our Faith – thoughts for the day from several international writers
- The Hours – prayer text of the First, Third, Sixth and Ninth Hours
- Daily Vespers – prayer texts with changeable parts for a Reader Service and for Clergy
- Sunday Bulletin – image and commentary from the Sunday of the week
- Theosis Magazine – monthly spiritual essays in full color as an ebook
- Book of the Month – short excerpt from a featured book from ECP
- Intro to Prayer – an educational explanation of the Byzantine Daily Office
- Websites – links to various Eastern Christian websites

A free-will offering or monthly stipend is requested from those users who find the app useful and can afford to help support it financially.

ECP has published over 200 titles since starting in 1993 including 20 volumes of the Eastern Churches Journal, 6 years of Theosis magazine (a full-color monthly publication of spiritual essays and the Byzantine calendar), and color Sunday bulletin covers for over 250 parishes across the US and Canada.  Book subjects cover the history, theology, spirituality, ecumenism, biographies, and liturgy of the Eastern Christian Churches, both Catholic and Orthodox.


To download and install the app, visit the Apple Store or Google Play and search for ECPubs. More details and online ordering for the email service and other books is available at http://ecpubs.com/product-category/subscription_electronic/ or by calling 703-691-8862.


Teachings of Christ

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’" (Matthew 7:21-23 ESV)

Pentecost

Blessed are You, O Christ our God, * Who has shown the fishermen to be all wise, * by sending down to them the Holy Spirit, * and through them You have caught the whole world in Your net. * O Lover of Mankind, glory to You. (Troparion - Tone 8)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

When the Most High descended, confusing tongues, * He divided the nations; * but when He distributed the tongues of fire, * He called all to unity; * and, with one voice, * we glorify the Most Holy Spirit. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Saints and Martyrs

Adorned with the blood of Your Martyrs throughout the world, * as with purple and fine linen, * Your Church cries out to You through them: * "Send down Your compassions upon Your people. * Grant peace to Your commonwealth and great mercy to our souls." (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

As the first-fruits of nature to the Planter of Creation, * the whole world offers to You, O Lord, the God-bearing martyrs. * Through their prayers and the intercession of the Mother of God * preserve Your commonwealth, the Church, in profound peace, O Most Merciful One. (Kontakion - Tone 8)

Random Proverb

"The woman Folly is loud; she is seductive and knows nothing." (Proverbs 9:13 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

We ought to learn the virtues through practicing them, not merely through talking about them, so that by acquiring the habit of them we do not forget what is of benefit to us. 'The kingdom of God', St. Paul says, 'resides not in words but in power' (I Cor. 4:20). For he who tries to discover things through actual practice will come to understand what gain or loss lies in any activity that he pursues..."

St. Peter of Damaskos (Book 1:A Treasury of Divine Knowledge, The Philokalia Vol. 3 pg. 183)