Praying the Angelus: Find Joy, Peace, and Purpose in Everyday Life

Praying the Angelus: Find Joy, Peace, and Purpose in Everyday Life

by Jared Dees


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Praying the Angelus: Find Joy, Peace, and Purpose in Everyday Life by Jared Dees

The Angelus is a centuries-old Catholic devotion that recalls the annunciation of Christ’s birth by the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary. In Praying the Angelus, popular author and speaker Jared Dees reinvigorates the devotion, shares intimately from his own experience of it, shows us how to get started, and enriches the practice with original meditations to reflect on the words of both the Angelus and the Regina Caeli.

Jared Dees was twenty-seven and in his fourth year of teaching religion in a Catholic school when he first experienced the Angelus. The creator of The Religion Teacher website allows the devotion to anchor his prayer life and challenge him to daily conversion of heart and will.

Dees introduces the Angelus devotion and explores its rich history and significance for the Church. As spiritual companion and guide, he offers meditations on the words and images of both the Angelus and the Regina Caeli, which is prayed during the Easter season. We find lessons about the power of repetitive prayer, the humility of being a disciple, the importance of admitting time belongs to God, the wisdom of taking time with discernment, and the joy of resting in the Lord’s presence. He shares personal stories of the life-change power of the Angelus and guides both newcomers and those already familiar with the prayer to contemplate the mysteries of salvation that lie at the heart of the devotion—the Annunciation, Incarnation, and Resurrection.

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 6:00 a.m., noon, and 6:00 p.m. each day. Likewise the Regina Caeli is named for the opening lines of its prayer, "Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia." 

Praying the Angelus is supported by Dees’s website,, where people can gather online to participate in and share this devotion with others. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594716737
Publisher: Ave Maria Press
Publication date: 03/03/2017
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 498,483
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jared Dees is the creator of the popular website The Religion Teacher, which provides practical resources and effective teaching strategies to religious educators. A respected graduate of the Alliance for Catholic Education program at the University of Notre Dame, Dees earned master's degrees in education and theology, both from Notre Dame. He has volunteered for and worked in a wide variety of Catholic ministries, including Catholic schools, parish religious education, youth ministry, campus ministry, RCIA, and adult faith formation. Dees is the content marketing manager at Ave Maria Press and the author of Praying the Angelus, 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator, and To Heal, Proclaim, and Teach. His articles have appeared in Momentum, CATECHIST, Catechetical Leader, and on numerous websites. Dees lives in South Bend, Indiana, with his wife and four children.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

The Angelus xiii

The Regina Caeli xiv

An Invitation 1

Origins of the Angelus and the Regina Caeli 6

How to Pray the Angelus 16

What to Expect 24

Why Pray the Angelus Today? 49

Angelus Meditations 57

The Angel of the Lord Declared unto Mary 59

And She Conceived of the Holy Spirit 65

Behold the Handmaid of the Lord 69

Be It Done unto Me According to Thy Word 74

And the Word Was Made Flesh 79

And Dwelt Among Us 85

Pray for Us, O Holy Mother of God 89

That We May Be Made Worthy 92

Pour Forth, We Beseech Thee O Lord, Thy Grace into Our Hearts 94

That We to Whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, Was Made Known by the Message of an Angel 97

May by His Passion and Cross Be Brought to the Glory of His Resurrection 100

Through the Same Christ, Our Lord, Amen 104

Regina CAELI Meditations 107

Queen of Heaven, Rejoice, Alleluia 108

For He, Whom You Did Merit to Bear, Alleluia 115

Has Risen, as He Said, Alleluia 121

Pray for Us to God, Alleluia 123

Rejoice and Be Glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia 125

For the Lord Has Truly Risen, Alleluia 128

O God, Who Gave Joy to the World through the Resurrection of Thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, Grant, We Beseech Thee 130

That through the Intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother 133

We May Obtain the Joys of Everlasting Life 136

Notes 141

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