Prayer podcasting

You know a technology has reached mainstream when you are no longer surprised by who is adopting it. In that sense, it is completely non-news that the Jesuits in London are launching Pray-As-You-Go just in time for Lent. One new prayer and meditation every day, already formatted for your iPod or mobile phone, and perfect for your daily commute.

We have recently been thinking and talking much about how charities and not-for-profits can use the internet to broaden and deepen their reach. The same ideas are of course very applicable to faith-based organizations.

What is in it?

Pray-as-you-go is a daily prayer session, designed for use on portable MP3 players, to help you pray whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc.

Lasting around ten minutes (never more than 12 minutes), it uses music and scripture to help you become aware of God’s presence in your life, to listen to and reflect on God’s word, and to grow in your relationship with God.

It is produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives, with material written by a number of British Jesuits and other experts in the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola.

Although the content is different every day, it will always follow more or less the same format:

  1. Bells - the call to prayer
  2. Opening music with a few words of introduction
  3. Scripture for the day
  4. Questions for personal reflection
  5. Repeat of the scripture reading
  6. Final reflection
  7. Glory be