By Bill Redic
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
This is a very specialized application - a training aid for servers of the Traditional Latin Mass. It provides a three-step aid to memorization of the Latin prayers and responses which a new server must master.
On the Memorize tab, all of the Latin prayers and responses, along with a phonetic pronunciation guide, are displayed. The new server must devote hours to the hard work of committing these prayers to memory.
On the Practice tab, the server hears a recording of a Priest and Server reciting the Latin prayers and responses. By reciting along with the Server, while following along with the written prayers, he becomes more familiar with them. Ten buttons allow easy repetition of particular prayers on the recording.
Finally, on the Test tab, the server tests his proficiency. The audio contains only the Priest's voice, and the new server must make all of the responses. By using the Pause button, he can get help with any prayer on which he is stumbling.
What's New in Version 1.1
1. Audio always plays through the iPad's speakers, even if the edge switch (by the volume buttons) is set to Silent.
2. When any of the audio index buttons are clicked, the Latin text scrolls to the corresponding position.
This app is easy to figure out and navigate right away. I especially like the inclusion of a pronunciation guide with the memorization section. The practice section allows you to simultaneously read and hear the prayers/responses, which aids in reinforcement. The test section lets you try your responses along with the audio of the Priest's prayers and then, when needed, compare your answers quickly to the text by simply hitting pause. Putting it all together, this app is a very useful and handy tool for anyone who wants to learn how to serve Mass in the Extraordinary Form!