Forward Movement has released its first mobile app, Forward Day by Day, for iPhone. The app offers the daily meditation from Forward Day by Day, the Daily Office, biographies of the saints, the lectionary, and prayer resources. While the app is formatted for iPhone, it works on an iPad too.
Available from the Apple App Store at an introductory price of $6.99, the app offers a savings from the print subscription price of Forward Day by Day. Throughout the app, you can share what you see using the built-in sharing tool. Currently, the app offers sharing by Facebook or email.
Some screen shots are included below.
When you start the app, this is the home screen. Here you can see all of the available options.
Each day's Forward Day by Day meditation is available. At the bottom, you can click a link to visit the web page on the Anglican Communion Office website for the diocese that we are praying for in the Anglican Cycle of Prayer. There's also a list of all the assigned lectionary readings for that day.
Throughout the day, the app will provide the appropriate office, based on time of day. You can pray morning prayer, noonday prayer, evening prayer, or compline. For each office, the complete text is provided, including lessons, psalms, and collects (prayers). You can select Rite I or Rite II.
The app provides the complete biblical texts from the lectionary each day, using the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible. At the moment, the app provides the daily office lectionary. Soon there will be an option to select the Revised Common Lectionary for major feasts and Sundays.
When the current day is the commemoration of a saint from the official calendar of The Episcopal Church (Lesser Feasts & Fasts), the app will offer a devotional essay and prayer.
Some prayers from the Book of Common Prayer (1979) are included in the app, along with popular prayers from Forward Movement.
You can purchase the app directly from Apple for $6.99. This price will include Forward Day by Day through at least the end of 2013.