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.