Google Play rating: 4.6/5
iTunes rating: 4+/5
My rating: 3/5
Mission St. Clare’s Daily Office app is a tool I use constantly. It has a clear function and is for the most part is intuitive. Morning and Evening Prayer are the only two choices on the home screen, with Spanish options for both liturgies.
The content loads quickly and presents the date, season, and propers. Morning Prayer includes a commemoration highlighting an important church figure. They are always well written, and I seem to learn something new everyday. This is quite a nice touch and a feature that a study group, family, or individual should take advantage of. Like any Daily Office app, frequent use should prove quite fruitful.
The design of this app is basic and utilitarian. Its look is not something you would show off to your friends. I’m more likely to keep it buried behind my lock screen until I need to lead a service or have the proper material quickly accessible.
Would you like to see tomorrow’s office? You better ask a small child to delicately tap the exact correct space. Otherwise one has to mash and mash until the small button recognizes the input. This user experience is frustrating.
The app does exist for iOS, and it looks to be much cleaner and might be a better option for those who have a device running iOS. It’s a shame the Android version gets the shaft.
To install or not to install, that is the question—I would install and hope the design and some of the functionality are improved. I’m not optimistic, since the last back-end update occurred on November 7, 2011.
I wholly recommend the app for daily prayer practice but hope it improves.
Chris Hamby (@chris_hamby) is the digital producer in the Center for the Ministry of Teaching and an M.Div. student at Virginia Theological Seminary.