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

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." (Matthew 5:6 ESV)

Holy Forefathers

Through faith, O Christ, you justified the Forefathers, * betrothing through them in advance the Church of the gentiles. * The Saints exult in glory, * for from their seed came forth a glorious fruit: * she who gave birth to You without seed. * Through their prayers, O Christ God, have mercy on us. (Troparion, Tone 2)

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

You did not honor a hand-depicted image, O thrice-blessed ones, * but defended by the undepicted Being you were glorified in a trial by fire. * And, standing in the midst of unbearable flame, you called upon God: * “Hasten, O Compassionate One, and speed to our help, * for You are merciful and You can do whatever you will.” (Kontakion, Tone 6)

(Second Sunday Before Christmas)

Saint Nicholas of Myra

The truth of your deeds has revealed you to your flock, * as a rule of faith, an image of meekness, and a teacher of abstinence. * Therefore, you attained the heights through humility, * and riches through poverty. * O Father and Hierarch Nicholas, * pray to Christ God that our souls may be saved. (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.

In Myra, You were shown to be a servant of the sacred things, O Holy Nicholas, * for, fulfilling the Gospel of Christ, you, O Venerable, laid down your life for your people, * and saved the innocent from death. * Therefore, you were sanctified as a great initiate of the grace of God. (Kontakion, Tone 3)

Random Proverb

"My son, do not despise the Lord's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights." (Proverbs 3:11,12 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

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

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Demons often transform themselves into angels of light and take the form of martyrs, and make it appear to us during sleep that we are in communication with them. Then, when we wake up, they plunge us into unholy joy and conceit. But you can detect their deceit by this very fact. For angles reveal torments, judgments and separations; and when we wake up we find that we are trembling and sad. As soon as we begin to believe the demons in dreams, then they make sport of us when we are awake too. He who believes in dreams is completely inexperienced. 'But he who distrusts all dreams is a wise man. Only believe dreams that warn you of torments and judgments. But if despair afflicts you, then such dreams are also from demons.

St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent