The Angelus Prayer

Following the guidance of the Church, WAOB® broadcasts the Angelus three times each day: at dawn (close to 6am), at midday (close to 12pm) and at dusk (close to 6pm).

"In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary." (Luke 1:26-27)

     "The Angelus Domini is the traditional form used by the faithful to commemorate the holy annunciation of the angel Gabriel to Mary. It is used three times daily: at dawn, mid-day and at dusk. It is a recollection of the salvific event in which the Word became flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, through the power of the Holy Spirit in accordance with the salvific plan of the Father.

     "The recitation of the Angelus is deeply rooted in the piety of the Christian faithful, and strengthened by the example of the Roman Pontiffs. In some places changed social conditions hinder its recitation, but in many other parts every effort should be made to maintain and promote this pious custom and at least the recitation of three Aves. The Angelus 'over the centuries has conserved its value and freshness with its simple structure, biblical character [...] quasi liturgical rhythm by which the various time of the day are sanctified, and by its openness to the Paschal Mystery'(231).

     "It is therefore 'desirable that on some occasions, especially in religious communities, in shrines dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, and at meetings or conventions, the Angelus be solemnly recited by singing the Ave Maria, proclaiming the Gospel of the Annunciation'(232) and by the ringing of bells." (Congregation For Divine Worship
And The Discipline Of The Sacraments, Directory On Popular Piety And The Liturgy #195)

 

     Following this guidance of the Church, WAOB® broadcasts the Angelus three times each day: at dawn (close to 6am), at midday (close to 12pm) and at dusk (close to 6pm).  As a prayer of the whole Church, WAOB® records and broadcasts the Angelus prayed by various diverse groups of the faithful, including bishops, priests and laity.

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