RTÉ television is to replace the Angelus after 53 years, replacing it with videos which it says will “reflect people of all faiths and none”.
The Angelus is broadcast daily on RTÉ television at 12pm and at 6pm. It traditionally offers a silent image of the Virgin Mary to allow viewers the time to pray, followed by tolling bells.
The new broadcast by Ireland’s national TV station will now showcase aspiring Irish filmmakers and artists.
The Angelus has been broadcast on RTÉ television since 1962, but many now see it as out of date in a country where religion is no longer as important as it once was. A new set of short films will aim to be “conducive to prayer or reflection for people of all faiths and none”, according to the broadcaster.
RTÉ will also designate one slot a week, on Fridays at 6pm, as “the People’s Angelus”, when it will showcase aspiring filmmakers and artists across Ireland.
RTÉ said the revamp was needed as Ireland had “changed enormously” over the decades.
Roger Childs, RTÉ head of religious programmes, said the new broadcasts would allow people of “all faiths and none some quiet space in a hectic day-to-day world”.
He explained that the bells would remain.
“The chimes they are not a-changing,” he said.
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