App Spotlight: Advent Companion 2011


Looking for the perfect way to put your iPhone or iPad to great devotional use this Advent season? Look no further than the wonderful Advent Companion 2011 from our friends at Magnificat. I’ll admit to heading into this review with a bit of a bias — I’m already a major fan of Magnificat’s monthly magazine edition and use it regularly in my devotional life.

So whether you’re a fan of Magnificat or simply looking for a super tool to make daily prayer a focus this Advent, the Advent Companion is a perfect devotional tool. I tested the iPad version, which takes full advantage of my tablet’s larger screen size to provide bright, bold text that is large enough for me to actually enjoy without my reading glasses. For only .99, the app presents a day-by-day format which includes morning, evening, and night prayers inspired by the Liturgy of the Hours; Scripture readings and prayers of each daily Mass; daily original meditations on the Gospel by thirty-four gifted authors. Others unique features include: essays, blessings, an Advent Penance Service, poetry, reproductions of sacred art masterpieces, and Advent Stations.

Using a devotional tool such as Advent Companion 2011 is the perfect way to conveniently make daily prayer a special part of your Advent preparations. If you’ve used Magnificat, you’ll love this app and if you’re new to their tools, this app will likely encourage you to invest in a monthly Magnificat subscription and enjoy their resources all year long.



About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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