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

“Whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:33 ESV)

Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem

O Lord and Master of my life, drive away from me the spirit of despondency, carelessness, love of power, and idle chatter. (Prostration)

Rather grant to me, Your servant, the spirit of wholeness of being, humility, patience, and love. (Prostration)

Yes, O Lord and King, grant that I may see my own faults and not condemn my brother; for You are blessed to the ages of ages. Amen. (Prostration)

Encounter

Rejoice, O Mother of God, Virgin full of grace. * From you has risen the Sun of Righteousness, Christ our God, * shining upon those who are in darkness. * Rejoice also, you righteous Elder; * for you received in your arms the Deliverer of our souls, * Who has given us resurrection. (Troparion, Tone 1)

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

O Christ God, through Your birth You sanctified the Virgin's womb; * and blessed, as it was proper, the hands of Simeon. * Now, having come, you saved us. * Give peace to Your commonwealth in times of war * and strengthen our civil authorities, whom You have loved, O You who alone loves mankind. (Kontakion, Tone 1)

(The Feast of the Encounter is February 2nd - the 40th Day of Christmas)

Random Proverb

"He who commits adultery lacks sense; he who does it destroys himself." (Proverbs 6:32 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

There was a man who ate a lot and was still hungry, and another who ate little and was satisfied. The one who ate a lot and was still hungry received a greater reward than he who ate little and was satisfied.

Apophthegmata Patrum