New-look Reflections app takes Mark the Evangelist’s message to new audience

More people than ever will celebrate St Mark the Evangelist’s Day digitally this year in the Church of England, on 25 April. That’s because the Reflections for Daily Prayer app - relaunched this week to include Morning Prayer and a smarter, easier-to-use interface - continues to grow in popularity as the format of choice for worshippers ‘on the go’. It has already had more than 40,000 downloads from iTunes.

The Bishop of Sheffield, the Rt Revd Steven Croft, said: “St Mark was committed to telling the good news about Jesus in a way that is simple, straightforward, life-changing and relevant. Reflections for Daily Prayer aims to be all of these things and it is very encouraging that more and more people are setting the scriptures at the heart of their lives.”

Containing Bible passages, inspirational prayers and reflections from leading authors,  Reflections for Daily Prayerallows users to mix focussing on the Bible with reading emails, updating social media and making phonecalls. Taking daily Bible passages from the Church of England Lectionary, the app allows users to go straight to today's Bible reflection, or read the reflection within a short service of Morning Prayer. They can also access the contents list for all available reflections from previous days, search for Bible references and contributors, or search for reflections by date.

Reviews on iTunes for the new version include: “Looks and feels better”; “Good, straightforward, theologically sensitive commentaries. Interface even more graceful in this update.”

The  Reflections for Daily Prayer app - developed by Aimer Media - is free to download and comes with material for the following week and the previous fortnight.

Subscriptions to the full Reflections for Daily Prayer from Church House Publishing for one month (£1.99), three months (£3.99) or 12 months (£11.99) are available from the iTunes store.


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