While Catholics are ready to welcome Resurrection mass this Sunday, Romanian Orthodox Christians are still five weeks away from celebrating Easter on the 5th of May so the Orthodox Church is running its own clerical preparations, both traditional and some more up to date with our times.
Romanian Curtea de Arges Monastery has recently launched an Android application for Orthodox Christians on the go thus allowing them to say Easter prayers and write akathists directly on their smartphones. The application allows you to set alerts for prayers time and date. It also lets you set a playlist of specific prayers and akathists (religious hymns) related to Orthodox Easter celebrations.
Clerical representatives of Curtea de Arges Monastery in Romania have stated in a press release that this Android application is meant to be a tech supporting tool in bringing Christians closer to Easter celebrations in May and Jesus Christ’s Resurrection. The application is also said to provide news updates related to the Arges Archiepiscopate, religious holidays and Orthodox Church celebrations and charity events.
While using technology as a support tool in other fields is fine, and let’s face it even the Catholic Pope has his own Twitter account, Curtea de Arges Monastery sets a precedent breaking away from tradition and marking a step forward in the way Romanian Orthodox Church relates to technology and this year’s Easter.