Angelus
Angelus

Angelus

Before you watch, take a moment to call to mind the intention for which you want to pray.

ring the bells

ring the bells

“To the person of faith, it’s a moment of grace; to the person without faith, it’s a moment of peace. What’s not to like?”

Angelus

Angelus

The Opening Prayer (or “Collect” of today’s Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent is the concluding prayer of the “Angelus”

God with us

God with us

t's the feast of the Annunciation today - the day on which Jesus' human life began and therefore nine months until Christmas. Take a moment to appreciate...

Angelus Sunday

Angelus Sunday

If I were to give this Sunday the Fourth Sunday of Advent a name, I would designate it as Angelus Sunday. Here's why:

Angelus Sunday

Angelus Sunday

If I had to the opportunity to name a Sunday of the Church Year, I would give this weekend's fourth Sunday of Advent the name  "Angelus Sunday."  Here's why...

Advent Angelus

Advent Angelus

You might recognise the Collect or Opening Prayer from this Sunday's Mass for the Fourth Sunday of Advent. It is the prayer of the Angelus: Listen carefully to...

God comes down

God comes down

While it's the morning after the Feast of the Annunciation here in New Zealand, there are many parts of the world still celebrating this great feast, so I still have...

birth & death

birth & death

Take a moment to appreciate this Millet masterpiece. Even if you have never seen the image before, you will guess that these peasants are praying. When the one who...

the angel of the Lord…

the angel of the Lord…

One of my favourite formal prayers is the Angelus. This prayer focusses the pray-er on the moment when God took on human flesh in Jesus, the moment of the conception of...

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