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Prayer in the Palm of your Hand

'Electronic Common Prayer' for Palm handhelds aids personal devotions, portable prayer
November 2006

With the First Sunday of Advent marking the start of the new church year December 3 and the beginning of the new cycle of Daily Office readings, people of faith don't have to wait for New Year's or Lent to take on a new practice of personal devotion.

A new software product from Church Publishing Inc. helps busy people keep up with personal devotions—even when they're on the move.

"eCP: electronic Common Prayer" offers users of PalmOS mobile devices a downloadable, interactive, calendar-based tool that highlights the designated liturgical celebration of the day and provides links to the full text of the appointed Daily Office readings and the Eucharistic lectionary, according to a news release from Church Publishing.

eCP also features all daily Office texts – Morning Prayer, Noonday Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline – all canticles, psalms, collects, proper prefaces, prayers, and frequently used services from the Book of Common Prayer, including Baptism, Holy Eucharist Rite I and II, the Celebration and Blessing of a Marriage, Ministration at the Time of Death, Burial of the Dead, and the services of Holy Week.

Launching eCP and tapping on the Calendar button takes users to the day's display, where they see, for example, that Thursday, November 30, 2006, is the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle in Eucharistic Lectionary Year B and Daily Office Year II; the liturgical color for the day is red; and that the Daily Office readings are Zechariah 13:1-9, Ephesians, 1:15-23, and Luke 19:11-27, with Psalms 131, 132, and 133 appointed for Morning Prayer and Psalms 134 and 135 appointed for Evening Prayer. Tapping on the readings links takes users to the full text of each reading from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible and the Prayer Book psalter. ===>Click headline for complete article .

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