A Good News Story

What a wonderful story this is! I have a special devotion to Angelus and to promoting it among others. At work I ring the Angelus bell for the noon day prayers, and it is always a joy to be able to pray with other co-workers in the Archdiocesan offices. We always start our evening Anima Education sessions with the Angelus to. I applaud Bishop O’Kelly’s initiative in introducing this to a new generation of Catholic school students. I do wonder, however, why it is only “twice-weekly” and not every day at noon. The daily praying of this prayer (thrice daily in fact) is a part of the devotion, as it marks the rhythm of the day, the start, the middle and the close.

About Schütz

I am a PhD candidate & sessional academic at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, Australia. After almost 10 years in ministry as a Lutheran pastor, I was received into the Catholic Church in 2003. I worked for the Archdiocese of Melbourne for 18 years in Ecumenism and Interfaith Relations. I have been editor of Gesher for the Council of Christians & Jews and am guest editor of the historical journal “Footprints”. I have a passion for pilgrimage and pioneered the MacKillop Woods Way.
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3 Responses to A Good News Story

  1. matthias says:

    When i grew up in Bentleigh around the corner from St pauls cathlolic church the Angelus was rung out at 12md every day . i think it was still happening in 2003 before my parents died.

  2. jules says:

    I think it is a wonderful idea. I hope NSW will catch on soon. Not only will catholic schools learn more about the great mystery of the incarnation but hopeful develop a great love for praying the words uttered by Our Lady and also the Angel Gabriel. . When I have to ask students to write their own prayers – they struggle. Teaching prayers is a lot easier . Even one of Jesus’ disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” (Luke 11:1-13) . ‘Formal’ prayers teach children what their focus should be on.

  3. Innocent III says:

    This is great news. When I taught at Waverley College for six years we said the Angelus everyday at midday and it was a great joy. I am concerned by the reaction of the ‘anonymous’ teacher however because teachers are the key to making this initiative work. When I first began teaching at Waverley I found the students were still packing up and chattering during the Angelus (it came at the end of the middday announcements at the end of the period), so I realised I had to set an example. I would insist students stood and would then patrol the classroom reciting the Angelus myself in a clear voice. Within a few days each class I had at 12pm would be reciting the Angelus properly and knew the correct wording. Teachers must take their responsibility to promote the bishop’s directive seriously or it will fail.

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