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The Angelus

Brother Wayne ringing the Angelus  

Around the world, the Angelus rings out at sunrise, midday and sunset. The bell invites us to pray and ponder the great mystery of our faith; that is that God entered human history in the person of Jesus Christ.

The Franciscans have been prominent in spreading the tradition of the Angelus since the 13th century.

The Angelus has taken the form of a bell being tolled in three sets of three and then one of nine with a pause between each set. There are prayers that can be said with the ringing of the bell. Most important of all is the directing of our attention at the beginning of the day, at midday and at sunset to the mystery of the Creator entering his own creation in order to reveal His great love for us.

The Angelus then invites us to join St Francis and countless others to be lost in love, wonder and praise at this great mystery.

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