The "Angelus", pronounced "An-jell-us", is the name of a famous
painting by Millet part of which is reproduced in this heading. It
depicts a farmer and his wife pausing to pray in their field. The
reason for the name "The Angelus" is that in Roman Catholic
countries, that is the name of a prayer to be uttered three times a
day: once a 6:00 in the morning, once at noon, and the last at 6:00
in the evening. "Angelus" is the first word of the prayer and is
based upon the text of Scripture, "And the angel came unto Mary and
said unto her.... "
People in these countries were reminded to say their prayers by
the tolling of the Angelus bell. Usually the largest Roman Catholic
Church in a given city has such a bell.
In summary, the Angelus Bell tolled three times a day calling the
people to stop wherever they were to repeat the Angelus Prayer. All
is pictured in a painting by Millet called, The Angelus.
It is in this spirit that we have adopted the name, THE
ANGELUS. "May it be a Bell calling the people of God to prayer,
and the Dead in Sins to awake and arise."
When the dayís relentless battle
Ends, and sunset rays we trace
Let not shadows haunt the spirit
Bow and plead the Saviourís Grace.
Sleepless, midway in nightís tunnel
Fear not cares and griefís galore;
ĎTwas King Davidís steadfast purpose
Godís nocturnal praise to pour.
When the Hebrew prophet Daniel
Knew the kingís decree was signed,
Windows wide three times he opened
Called upon the Lord Divine.
ĎMid Gethsemaneís dark shadows
Jesus knelt in ardent prayer
Seeking strength and consolation
To go forth the cross to bear.
When lifeís woes converge upon you
And your courage ebbs away
Heed the Lordís divine injunction
That "Men ought always to pray."
-Rev. Frank Fellows-
from a poem entitled ANGELUS based upon the text "Men
ought always to pray."--Luke 18:1.
1, 1854--James Hudson Taylor arrives by ship at Woosung, China.
2, 1791--At twenty minutes before 10:00 on this Wednesday
morning, John Wesley dies. His followers are dubbed "Methodists" and
number in the thousands. As lasting fruits of this great revival
England will abolish the slave trade two generations before the
United States, and because England has turned from her sins to God,
she will be spared from the effects of the French Revolution.
4, 1675--John Bunyan is again arrested for preaching Godís Word.
He is to spend six more years in jail for his horrid crime. During
this imprisonment, he will write his most famous book, THE
12, 1856--Dwight Lyman Moody is led to Christ by his Sunday
school teacher, Edward Kimball.
*13, ---: This is the 601st year in the life of Noah, and today
the cover is removed from the ark. The ground is dry. --(Gen. 8:15)
*13, 1444 B.C.--The Tabernacle is set up in the
wilderness.-ó(Exodus 40:17). Now God will "tabernacle" or "dwell
among" His chosen nation.
*13,---: This is the first day of Abib, called "Nisan" after the
Babylonian Captivity, (Esther 3:7), and is the first month in the
Jewish calendar year. --(Exodus 12:2)
*13,....: Ezra leaves Babylon for Jerusalem.--(Ezra 7:9).
18,1861-- At 7:OO this Monday morning, Charles Spurgeon conducted
a prayer meeting. This is the first service held in the Metropolitan
21,1556--Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, bound to a stake, is burned
alive. His crime: the faithful preaching of the Word of God.
Ashamed of his having been tricked into signing a recantation of
his beliefs, he holds his right hand in the flames that have been
kindled about his body. He can be heard to utter, "Unworthy right
hand, unworthy right hand." It will be a charred to cinder before
his body is singed.
*Jewish days may be as much as two weeks off due to the variance