Por: 0. 26 de Maio de 2015
Instead of waiting for a service at a local church or temple, worshippers can now pop into a "Pray-o-mat" and pick up a blessing.
Believers can follow their faiths in a whole new frame of mind by saying their prayers in this "church" made from an old photo booth.
Instead of paying £5 for a set of four passport snaps, people can now use the touch screen inside the converted booth to listen to up 300 pre-recorded prayers and incantations in 65 different languages.
As well as the Lords Prayer, there are Buddhist and Islamic benedictions; Aborigine devotional songs,Voodoo blessings and solemn chanting of an orthodox Jewish congregation.
Users will step into the booth named the Pray-o-mat, scroll through a menu and make the selection on the touch-screen, before donating money in a nearby slot.
It has opened at the University in Manchester as part of a £500,000 three year research project into prayer rooms and "multi faith spaces" across the world.
Dr. Ralf Brand
, Senior Lecturer in Architectural Studies at the University's Manchester Architecture Research Centre who is leading the project said: "Though the Pray-o-mat is a bit tongue-in-cheek, there is a serious message to what we're doing."
Successful multi-faith spaces do not need to be flashy or expensive.