The Angelus has been revamped and people aren't sure what to make of it

The Angelus is one off those uniquely Irish things that we don’t fully understand, like to mock but are disproportionately protective of.

The Angelus has been revamped and people aren't sure what to make of it

It’s been a feature of Irish life since time began (actually, it started fifty years ago) and now the unthinkable has happened. RTÉ are actually changing it up.

To be fair, it’s for a good reason.

RTE wants to update it to give people "of all faiths and none some quiet space in a hectic day-to-day world".

They have released a new set of films of people pausing to reflect during the Angelus - which include a sand sculptor, a baker, a blacksmith, a book binder and a gardener.

They will also introduce a People’s Angelus on a Friday with footage sent in from the public - with hundreds of submissions already received from schools and colleges.

RTÉ’s Head of Religious Programmes, Roger Childs, says although the footage will change, the chimes will stay, as research showed a majority were in favour of keeping them.

"The bongs are staying, the bongs are staying" he said.


"Given that this is a unique Irish tradition that’s older than I am, I thought ’let’s not be in a rush to change it - and if we are going to change it let’s try and do it creatively and do it for something better" he added.

As the news broke yesterday, people took to Twitter to voice their surprisingly strong opinions on the subject as well as coming up with ideas for the new ideas for a more inclusive, reflective Angelus. There was also a lot of messing.


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