Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (x3 edition)

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The Angelus. Do you know it with its x3 Hail Marys? You do know that it is said thrice daily, morning, noon and night? Surely, somewhere in the world, as still does happen, you’ve heard the Angelus bells, three sets of three rings followed by crazy wild ringing for the closing prayer.

  • It’s all about faith exemplified in Mary upon the greeting of the Angel: yes, just tell me how!
  • It’s all about the hope that all will in the end be O.K. despite impossible circumstances for her.
  • It’s all about the charity of Mary giving Jesus to the world regardless of the cost to herself.
  • It’s all about the entire economy of salvation summarized in the closing prayer.

The Angelus is said all year except Eastertide, when the Regina Coeli is recited. We’ll get to that. But for now, have you memorized the Angelus. If you say it thrice daily, memorizing is do-able for everyone.

The picture above is in the itsie bitsie apartment of one of my Communion Calls, 92 years old. My mom put up a large well framed copy of the painting of The Angelus. I wish I still had it, but, that’s life. The potato farmers are praying the Angelus in the early morning. In the larger painting you can see a church steeple which would, of course, be ringing out the Angelus prayer. Google EWTN Angelus. You’ll find it.

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  1. pelerin

    That brings back memories for me when I was given the penance after Confession of saying the Angelus and I had to admit to the priest that I did not know it. He very kindly gave me another but I still felt ashamed that I had never learnt it.

  2. elizdelphi

    I love the Angelus, it’s my favorite Marian prayer. I can hear angelus bells from my apartment but they have gone silent for a while now, I need to suggest my friend to fix it since he is the one who maintains them and feels strongly about that. I must have seen the Angelus painting various occasions and places when I was growing up, and not being religious at that time I saw it as cliche and sentimental religious art. I now have a different perspective since I was told it is meant to evoke the bad times in France when the Church was suppressed severely, but the ordinary people kept their faith strongly with Marian devotions. So it is a beautiful testiment to faith and if you know and pray the Angelus you totally relate to these workers who have touchingly paused to welcome the Incarnation. But I admit that a print of the Angelus has to be particularly good for me to like it. It’s partly that I also have a bit of preference or prejudice for things that are original or more unique than reproductions of a well known work, so I see them more freshly. That is an attractive little plaque of it, it has some contrast and looks good that way. I found an “Angelus” recently that I did not get because it looked kind of washed out.
    The Regina Caeli I like to sing in Latin. I absolutely love singing in Latin and will do so for any excuse. A while back I was on a rosary hike with a friend and after we finished with Hail, Holy Queen I started singing Salve Regina. I thought she might find this irritating but she had me sing it 3 more times because she was trying to memorize it. I wanted her to sing with me (she’s in a church choir) but she said she was in her head. Next time I will make her be brave. We were out in the woods after all and only Jesus and Mary were listening. “Give back to God the voice that He gave you”.
    On a tangent, I like old religious things if they are nice, even when they show age, I found a 7″ plaster St Joseph from a nativity (by himself, no Mary or Jesus) very cheap at a thrift store recently that I listed on eBay (I do lots of that to make ends meet) and when it didn’t sell on the first go-round for the $14.99 that since I liked him seemed to me like a sacrifice price, I was relieved and will keep it at least for now, don’t I need Saint Joseph, haven’t I learned anything from St Teresa of Avila??? I think it is probably from the 1st half of the 20th c and is probably Italian or French and though he has small chips he is very well hand-painted, he is genuflecting and has quite a regal visage (that looks like Jesus) and look of adoration, and wears a brown and green cloak over a purple tunic with gold fleur-de-lis (is it just me or do they represent the Trinity?), a great representation of his kingly Davidic heritage, and also has a shepherd’s staff, foster-father of the Lamb of God. Actually I can link to it, I am not trying to sell it, just showing: https://www.ebay.com/itm/282888645858

  3. Aussie Mum

    I have heard of the Angelus bells but have never actually heard them rung. Many years ago when I was at school, lessons would stop at 12 noon for the Angelus minus the bells. Sister stood to lead us and we girls knelt by our desks. The Sisters wore long habits in those days and the Order that taught us had a large Rosary that hung from their belts. Sister would take hold of the crucifix on the end of her Rosary and tuck it into her wide belt so it wouldn’t hit the floor when she genuflected. At “the Word was made flesh” her right knee went right down to the floor and the many yards/metres of black material – skirt and veil – gracefully folded on the floor around her, unfolding again as she rose while we answered “and dwelt amongst us”. This happened every day of the school year, year after year, and it didn’t matter how old the Sister was, right down to the floor she would go as she recalled the Incarnation. It wasn’t easy to execute a proper genuflection in all that material and each Sister did it with such devotion that I have never forgotten how beautiful the Angelus is and the faith of those Sisters were.

  4. sanfelipe007

    After all this time, I still have not memorized the Angelus (Memorare also)! I have it taped on my front door (at kneeling level) to remind me to say it early in the morning before I leave the house. Maybe I should put it on the refrigerator* instead, but I would have to remove some of the photos of children, nieces, and nephews.
    * I would prolly say the Angelus ten times a day.

  5. I pray the Angelus x3 daily…but i didn’t know about the regina coeli. thanks for the reminder to pray that in the Easter season.

  6. Gina Nakagawa

    Another beautiful Catholic custom that needs reviving.

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