Monday, December 05, 2016

Pray the Angelus for Advent

The Angelus is a centuries-old Catholic devotion that recalls the annunciation of Christ’s birth by the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary.

Named for the opening words of the devotion's first prayer in Latin, “The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,” the Angelus is typically prayed at 6 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m. each day. It takes about two minutes. What better way to prepare for the coming of Christ Incarnate than to pray this beautiful devotion with thousands of others each day?

Jared Dees, Catholic author and creator of the popular The Religion Teacher website, wants Catholics to incorporate the Angelus in to their prayer lives during Advent. Already almost 500 people have committed to opening themselves up to “let it be done” according to God’s Word.

The goal is to help others experience a deep conversion as they prepare for Christ’s birth. “The mystery of this prayer is that God works through the words that you say even when you do not realize it,” Dees said. “That openness leads to things you may least expect.”

Anyone who joins the Advent Angelus movement will have access to resources and periodic mediations on the devotion throughout the season. Many of the reflections are included in Dees’ forthcoming book from Ave Maria Press, Praying the Angelus (March 2017), but others are unique for Advent.

You can connect with The Advent Angelus community on the website AdventAngelus.com or on The Angelus Prayer Facebook page, where Dees will lead the prayer on Facebook Live throughout Advent.

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