As I’ve mentioned, I don’t pray all three hours of the Liturgy of the Hours as often as I’d like these days. It’s not usually because of outright laziness, but more often because I just get immersed in the concerns of daily life and completely forget. Reading that old email from my dad’s days in Abu Dhabi reminded me:
How cool would it be to have a call to prayer speaker outside my window?
Granted, I’d like to have one slightly less loud than the one on my dad’s porch — we couldn’t even have phone conversations while it was going. But it would be great to have the opening hymn for Vespers just start up at 5:30, snapping me out of my daze as I
get the kitchen ready for dinner. read blogs
So I’ve been Googling around to see if there’s anything like this out there. Maybe not a loudspeaker, but some sort of watch or special alarm clock. (I know, there are special timers where you can set multiple alarms. I have one. Let’s put it this way: it is probably easier to operate the Large Hadron Collider than this thing, not to mention that the alarm is terribly grating.) Anyway, after a lot of searching, the main thing I’ve come up with is this: I am really jealous of Muslims.
Check out all this cool stuff they have in terms of prayer time reminders…
There’s a Muslim version of the Linux operating system Ubuntu that includes prayer time reminders. They have software for your phone that automatically gives you a reminder each time prayer time rolls around; prayer software for your computer that includes a ton of features like being able to send prayer time reminders to friends and the option to have a different voice do the prayers at different times; other free software that not only calculates prayer times but helps you figure out how to face Mecca no matter where you are in the world; and just CHECK OUT all these multi-featured prayer time watches. And Muslim prayer times change depending on sunrise and sunset times, so all this is completely customized!
I can’t seem to find a single alarm clock, watch or software application that’s customizable for regular Christian prayer times. Anyone have any ideas?
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