Tech Talk: Laudate, an App Worth Downloading


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A while back, when I was looking for Rosary app recommendations for Droid users, a friend of mine called Laudate (then Catholic One) her “one stop” app for all things Catholic.

I felt sort of sorry for her, truth be told. I’m an Apple user, and my iPad apps are just, well, prettier than what I saw then on Droids.

The folks at Catholic One changed their name to Laudate (which, near as I can tell, is Latin for “Praise”) and now they’re billing themselves as the #1 free Catholic app on iTunes, too.

I couldn’t resist the chance to check it out, especially with as many awesome Catholic apps as I’ve found in the last year or so of searching.

There’s an impressive list of features in Laudate:

  • Daily Readings, complete with a search function so you can find a specific date
  • Liturgy of the Hours
  • Roman Missal Changes
  • Rosary and Chaplet, with choices for an interactive rosary, the mysteries only, podcasts (audio), and the interactive Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • Stations of the Cross, with a podcast (audio) option
  • A variety of traditional prayers
  • Prayers in Latin
  • The ability to enter your own prayers
  • Different Catholic media links and resources
  • The complete New American Bible

There’s the ability, within the program, to bookmark different pages and areas so you can find them again quickly.

You can also share from any screen in the program to your email or social media services.

It’s easy to read and fairly easy to use. I liked the interactive features of the rosary and the ability to use an audio version too.

It’s straightforward, but it’s been spruced up a bit, I think, since I first caught a glimpse of it on my friend’s phone.

Bottom line: it’s now on my Essentials List.

Are you a Laudate user? What do you love (or hate) about it?

Copyright 2012 Sarah Reinhard


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When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Three Shots and follow her writing at Snoring Scholar.


  1. Wow, Thank you for sharing this app with us. It is really great. I can’t believe that I had not found it before now. I have several other apps on my iPod that do some of these things, but this is like a one stop shop for everything I use the other apps for. Kind of like the Church Herself, a “one stop shop” for everything I need.

    • It is a pretty good app, Jeff. I’ll be interested to hear what you think of it.

      And love the comparison of the app to Holy Mother Church. 🙂 (but um? It’s not THAT good of an app!)

      • I agree it is not THAT good of an app, I was being a bit flippant, but I do have 5 other apps that between them I think might do everything that this 1 app does. It is nice to have one place to look for what you are looking for. Not that the other apps are nice. One of them actually has recordings of daily prayers which is nice to just listen to them. This will be very helpful to me. Thank you again.

  2. Latin trivia: “Laudate” is the plural imperative form of the verb laudare, “to praise”. So you’re exactly right, it means “praise” — or, more specifically: “y’all praise!”.

    Which ties in to a liturgical note: In St. Jerome’s Latin translation of the Psalms, many of the verses of Psalms 148 and 150 start with the word Laudate — and those psalms are prayed every morning in the traditional monastic arrangement of the Divine Office… which is where get the word “Lauds”, the traditional English name for what is now generally called Morning Prayer in the Liturgy of the Hours.

  3. Mrs. Crystal Cummings on

    <3 Laudate, I use it daily. And for someone like me who is learning to say prayers the rosary, it's great. Or, if you like to pray while driving you can listen and pray along! easy to use, lots of great stuff. If you haven't downloaded it already, do it now! 🙂

  4. Linda Rolan on

    Is there a way to put this on my Kindle Touch? I don’t have the Kindle Fire so my Kindle does not have internet. I have the app on my phone, but I like to read from Laudate when I’m in Adoration and I get looks from people when I use my IPhone because they probably think I’m texting or something. Just wondered if there’s a way to put it on my Kindle which looks like a book.

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  7. Shalomworld Catholic TV app (High Quality High Definition – Best for Christ) is now added to Laudate app. Without a doubt, Laudate keep on growing and flourishing.
    Please use and recommend Laudate to all Catholics and find some time to educate ourselves and enjoy pure and rich Catholic programs of all kind in 30 minute blocks.
    All the Blessings of this Advent and Happy New year.

  8. How do I get my prayers onto the my prayers page I’ve tried all I know to do it, copy and paste from the list of prayers!

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