ANGELUS, a Roman Catholic devotion in memory of the Annunciation.
It has its name from the opening words, Angelus Domini nuntiavit
Mariae. It consists of three texts describing the mystery, recited
as versicle and response alternately with the salutation "Hail, Mary!"
This devotion is recited in the CatholicChurch three times daily,
about 6 A.M., noon and 6 P.M. At these hours a bell known as the
Angelus bell is rung. This is still rung in some English countryChurches, and has often been mistaken for and alleged to be a survival
of the curfewbell. The institution of the Angelus is by some ascribed
to Pope Urban II., by some to John XXII. The triple recitation is
ascribed to Louis XI. of France, who in 1472 ordered it to be thrice
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