Excerpt from a letter regarding the Angelus, written to the Editor of the Catholic Digest – December 2004, by Erika Papp Faber:
"The reason we say it (the Angelus) at noon goes back more than 500 years. After the fall of Constantinople, the Turks began their advance up the Balkans, threatening to overrun Christian Europe. Pope Callistus III called for a crusade to stem the Moslem tide. Franciscan preacher John Capistrano went all across Europe preaching the crusade. On June 29, 1456, the pope called for the ringing of the church bells at noon and the recitation of the Our Father and the Angelus as a form of spiritual crusade. The Turks arrived at Nándorfehérvár (present-day Belgrade) a month sooner than they were expected. Only 18,000 ill-equipped peasants, priests, and students were ready to face the well-armed forces of Sultan Mohammed II.
Pope Callistus ascribed victory at Nándorfehérvár a mere three weeks after his call to recite the Angelus, the prayer recited at the ringing of the noon bells."
The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
And the Word was made Flesh.
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
Let us pray: