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.