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Pray as You Go, Via Web Downloads

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Pray as You Go, Via Web Downloads

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British Jesuits are offering a handy new service for the faithful whose lives are just a tad frenetic: downloadable Bible readings and prayers, made available on a Web site and suitable for portable audio devices.

LINDA WERTHEIMER, host:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Linda Wertheimer.

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WERTHEIMER: You can download Desperate Housewives, music videos or even NPR to your iPod, but how about scripture? Since Ash Wednesday, a Roman Catholic order in England has been offering prayer services, spiritual music and Bible readings downloadable from the Web to your iPod or cell phone. British Jesuits say the 10 to 12 minute sessions on www.prayasyougo.org, had been downloaded more than 33,000 times from as far afield as the U.S. and Australia.

Originally the plan was to offer the service until Easter, but now the Jesuits are thinking of extending it. The sessions open with the peal of bells and close with opportunities for self-reflection; just the thing to keep subway straphangers out of commuter hell and centered on their daily routine.

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