RosaryPlus: My New Favorite Rosary App

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In the course of my search for the perfect rosary app, I have downloaded and tried dozens. So far, only three have made the cut to “Essential” level, and only iRosary remains of the three that were on the list when I wrote that article.

But now, thanks to the new RosaryPlus iOS app from St. Clement ePress, I might just have a real contender for that ever-elusive perfect rosary app. (Well, on second thought, it might be a tie with iRosary.)

What I love about RosaryPlus:

It’s easy to use.

Though I think it should be required, I find that many rosary apps are not intuitively easy to use, even for me, a wannabe techie and an admitted rosary geek. RosaryPlus IS easy to use: you tap the beads to pray. Period. It’s that easy. And when you need help, it’s easy to find.

It’s beautiful.

There’s something about praying a rosary that makes me long for beauty, especially when I’m staring at a glowing screen for my inspiration. This app delivers. Not only is there artwork with each decade, but the whole layout is pleasing and lovely.

There’s scripture included.

I hope that this gets more fully integrated; when I prayed using the scripture between Hail Marys, it made for a lot of clicking back-and-forth and losing my place in the scriptural line-up. (I’m sure there will be an update. I used the very first version.)

There’s more than just a rosary.

Not only do you get to pray the rosary, but there’s background material about the rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, as well as options to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the St. Michael Chaplet.

Bonus features with RosaryPlus:

The Divine Mercy Chaplet

And not just a “here, use your rosary for another prayer” tie-in, either: this is its own set of screens, its own color palette, its own section of the app. I’m not sure I have ever seen the DM Chaplet so well done in an app!

The St. Michael Chaplet

I have a tremendous devotion to St. Michael, but I have never prayed this chaplet. I have a whole list of excuses, but they’re no good now. This section of the app is built completely for the St. Michael Chaplet and there’s nothing to figuring out how it works and how to pray it. It’s beautifully done.

Your Turn:

What’s YOUR favorite rosary app? Because, you know, I’m rather addicted to them…

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  1. Rita rossini on

    I love the confession app- though I don’t use it often enough!!!
    I am just now starting to get into apps to use for my prayer time so I thank you for this rosary recommendation. I had gotten addicted to the rosary podcast and the podcast that the Jesuits put out for daily prayer- pray-as-you go.

  2. Thanks for the post. I downloaded it this morning and it looks promising.
    I am a collector of Rosary apps as well. It’s nice to have different design approaches to that you always have one that fits the setting or mood that you are in at the moment.

  3. I am absolutely addicted to Rosary Plus HD App and its iPhone version Rosary Plus RD. That in and of itself is a bit shameless self-promotion…because,I wrote this App.
    BUT it is true, I had used it (with my wife) for many months long before I ever got it in a state to send to the App store…it was my personal Rosary App! As I told Sarah, it was my wife, who convinced me to make the necessary changes to it and send it into Apple for release, and unlike every other App I have submitted…these two Apps were “in-review” and “In the App store” within a matter of only 2 hours!
    We pray that Rosary Plus HD & Rosary Plus RD will make to the top of many “Favorite Rosary App” lists!
    May The Lord + bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life…Mary your prayers are heard – Pray for us!

    +JMJ
    IN Christ
    May God bless the work of Sarah Reinhard and all the folks at CatholicMom.com

  4. Hi Sarah, please check out the Mary apps (by Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception). It is my most favorite rosary apps. Very easy to use. Thank you and hope you’ll check it out.

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