At BetNet there is a post about the iRosary, ostensibly using an iPod or other mp3 player for your recitation/audition of the Rosary.
iRosary uses the advantages of the iPod to make the rosary more attractive and flexible for younger believers. At the same time, however, it reciprocally uses the significance of both objects as practical commodities on the one side and symbolic signs on the other and only changes the objects to a minimum extent.
The most important distinguishing feature of the iPod, the white earphones cable, becomes a string of beads on which only one bead is now found. This bead can be shifted. The position of the bead can be measured and heard as audio beads on a sensitive range of the cable. Due to technical possibilities, the new rosary can help a person to learn the prayer; the right mysteries are inserted automatically and there are various modes for choosing the degree of difficulty.
Not a bad idea. Not sure about the beads, but okay. Maybe the big iPods can have video of which bead you are on. Just thinkin’ out load here.
I am reminded of a whimsical thing I wrote for WDTPRS in print once, about using a notebook for a one volume version of the entire Missale Romanum (which the late Archbp. Bugnini said he would make sure could never be used again):
Today, with the advent multiple volumes of the lectionary we have now a plethora of books. And with the addition of so many new readings from Scripture in the different two year “daily” cycle and the three year annual cycle, you would have to push the Missal up to the altar on a two-wheeler if it were all in one volume. Now that we stand at the dawn of the “information revolution” I suppose one solution would be to provide each sanctuary with two notebook computers linked with wireless LAN cards that could access a database on a CD-ROM containing every prayer and reading for that particular day. Call it the Sacramentarium Cyberense Romanum. The computer would automatically pick the readings based on its internal clock and calendar. No more ribbons! And can you imagine seeing the deacon bowing before the priest, asking for his blessing and then raising his shiny new liturgical notebook computer and proceeding to the ambo to proclaim the Gospel? He would solemnly open its tasteful and liturgically correct cover (blue for Advent, right?), announce the reading, incense it, hit any key to take it out of its screen saver mode and begin, wreathed in the fragrant smoke lit by the glow of the 17" display. The computer could have special decorative covers, like some of the new large format books for the Gospel readings. And if everyone had their PDAs and smartphones with them, they could scroll along with the texts in the pews, being able to see the original Hebrew, Greek and Latin sources together with commentaries by the Fathers of the Church and the current box-scores of baseball games they were interested in. The next step? Sacramental ATM machines. On the other hand, since the prayers of the Mass are now copyrighted by the bishops, they wouldn’t be able to publish and sell as many books that way. After all, whenever they make some changes, every parish in the country needs to retool and obtain new books, sometimes at not insignificant expense.
You know… when my 1962 Missale I have here in Rome "grew legs" and vanished for a short time from the chapel, I used my laptop. You just can’t make things up fast enough to stay ahead of reality, I guess.
But I digress…
I use audio for the Rosary in Chinese. It helps.
I learned how to say the Rosary before I was Catholic, from the Catholic father of a friend of mine. In a sense, the personal contact there was later important when considering the Catholic faith in a more serious way. On the other hand, technology and media today has begun to separate people from human contact. Thus, something like this iRosary (and PODCAzTs) can be useful. On the other hand, we should make sure there are opportunities in parishes for people to say the Rosary together.
Hmmm… maybe I ought to expand the Patristic Rosary Project into PODCAzTs.
On that note, I would guide your attention to the page of San Gregorio ai Muratori in Rome where the Tridentine Mass is celebrated. They are going to have a Rosary with musical accompaniment.
May 23rd, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. at San Gregorio dei Muratori, Via Leccosa 75 (off Piazza Nicosia), the Fondazione Elsa Peretti with the collaboration of the Associazione Pro Missa Romana is sponsoring a recitation of the Most Holy Rosary in Latin with musical accompaniment.Gregorian AntiphonAve Maris Stella***Francesco Soriano (1548-1621)Canon CIII Sopra l’Ave Maris Stella***Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704)Sonata del Rosario XII L’Ascensione di Cristo – IntradaAria tubicinum – Alemanda – Courente – Double***Anonimo (prima metà XVIII sec.)Ach amoris dolcissima poenamottetto per Soprano, Viola d’amore e Basso ContinuoAch Amoris, AriaSed in hac poena, RecitativoTu o mi Jesu, AriaAlleluia***Pablo Bruna (1611-1679)Tiento de Secondo Tono por G-sol-re-utSobre la letania de la Virgen***
This will be the first in a series of Rosaries which will be recited at the principal Marian shrines of Rome. Elsa Peretti has dedicated these events to Our Lady and to the recovery of the sacred through the traditional rites of the liturgy. This first Rosary is in memory of Nando Peretti.
Did you know that in the Solesmes volume Cantus selecti there are Gregorian settings of antiphons for the mysteries?