An app called Hallow just made history. Hallow is a Catholic prayer and mediation app supported by Mark Wahlberg and downloaded by millions of Christians worldwide. It just made history on Ash Wednesday, taking the #3 spot on the App Store’s “Top Charts” page. In doing so, it beat out the heavy hitters of the app store, surpassing Google, Instagram, Netflix, Spotify, and TikTok.
It continued doing well after Ash Wednesday too, as Breitbart reported, saying “by Saturday, Hallow had fallen by just one slot and ranked fourth, just behind TikTok, the Chinese shopping site Temu, and the video editing software Capcut.” Still, fourth place is an incredible feat for an ordinary app,
The Daily Wire, reporting on the history of Hallow and how its creators reacted to the excellent news, reported:
Hallow, first launched in 2018 by University of Notre Dame graduates Alex Jones, Alessandro DiSanto, and Erich Kerekes, has garnered millions of downloads and reached some 150 countries. Last year, the app surpassed 100 million prayers completed through the service.
“God is doing something pretty incredible,” Hallow founder and CEO Alex Jones told The Daily Wire on Thursday. “We never thought in a million years that we might have this many people from all around the world gathered together in prayer.”
“To be top 5 in the App Store is truly unbelievable,” Jones added. “Praise be to God!”
Mark Wahlberg spoke about Hallow during a recent interview on Fox News Channel. Toward the end of the interview, he said “It’s the largest Christian app in the world. It was number three on Apple’s free apps ahead of Google and TikTok and all of these things, Spotify, Netflix. I mean, people are thirsty for spiritual connection.”
Explaining why they’re drawn to it, he said “They’re thirsty and hungry for comfort, and guidance and also companionship with one another. So it’s been amazing. You can tell, people are really hungry and they need spirituality in their lives. You can’t really have spirituality without religion, even though it’s been separated. You know, we all know that, it all goes hand-in-hand. We all need to encourage and support each other.”
Hallow encourages, for this Lent, people to pray for 40 days in imitation of Christ’s time in the desert. Describing that challenge on its homepage, it said:
For forty days, He walked through the desert.
Thirsty, hungry, tired, and tempted by the devil.
And He continued His walk all the way to His loving sacrifice for us on the cross.
A sacrifice for each and every one of us.
Together, as one community from all over the world, we’ll pray for 40 days leading up to His crucifixion and resurrection on Easter Sunday. We’ll journey through the life-changing spiritual classic the Imitation of Christ and focus our prayer and meditation on the three pillars of Lent: prayer, fasting, and giving.
“Take courage, friends. Let us go on together. Jesus will be with us. For Him we have picked up the cross; for His sake let us continue on.” (Imitation of Christ)
"*" indicates required fields