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New iPhone App from the Eastern Diocese

posted Apr 8, 2011, 7:46 AM by John Zakarian
Last month the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America announced the release of Vemkar—a new mobile application for the iPhone and iPod touch.

The app—available free of charge in the App Store and on iTunes—incorporates a wide range of features, including daily scripture readings, photo and video galleries, Armenian spiritual and folk music, a calendar of events, a directory of Diocesan parishes, a prayer request function, and much more. Users are invited to post comments, share images with friends, or read the latest news from the Eastern Diocese.

In Armenian, a “Vemkar” is the specially anointed stone that serves as a movable altar, which can be used for ritual functions in the absence of a permanent sanctuary. As a portable tablet, it allows the sacred power of the Armenian Church to be brought to people in even the most remote places. The Vemkar app places access to the Armenian Church in the palm of one’s hand.