Liturgical Planner Overview
I used the Angelus Press Liturgical planner last year and really liked it. I especially liked that the planner tells you everything you need to know about holy days, fast days, saint’s days and more based on the 1962 liturgical calendar. So I was very happy when the 2023 version arrived!
Each year the Angelus quotes a classic Catholic resource throughout the planner. Last year it was Letter to the Friends of the Cross by St. Louis de Montfort. This year it is The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis. The Imitation of Christ is a book that has been read and recommended by spiritual giants like like St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Thomas More and St. Teresa of Avila. St. Teresa, in fact, urged prioresses to make the book available in every convent.
So far, the quotes are well chosen and inspiring and the artwork is gorgeous.
Liturgical Planner Construction
The Angelus Liturgical planner is spiral bound and sturdy with a nice heavy cover. The planner is small enough that you can cram it into a purse, or easily carry in an oversized bag. I do both of things at times but for the most part it stays on my desk.
The paper is strong but glossy. It is not the best paper for writing in pencil but fine for most pens. If you erase in your planner (like I do) an erasable ink pen works well. It is a good paper for the beautiful illustrations found in this book.
Liturgical Planner Features
Angelus lists this product as a planner and journal and I agree that it could be used as either or both. If you chose to journal in it, however, entries will be short and there will not be much space left for daily planning. I use mine as a daily planner only.
Some of my favorite pages in the Angelus planner are the trackers and worksheets to help with spiritual and general goal setting – one (but not all) of these are pictured below. Other features include to do lists, saints of the month, space for notes, an address book, monthly calendars (grouped together in the back of the book) and more.
Why I Need a Liturgical Planner
For me, a liturgical planner is a must.
The Angelus planner helps me keep track of my daily activities and goals just like any other planner. But because this planner has a special focus on spiritual and general life progress, it helps keep the bigger picture on my radar as well.
A liturgical planner helps me keep track of Holy Days, fast days and saint days. The weekly quotes are often just the thing I need to read on a given day. Most importantly, it helps me keep track of what is most important, especially when life gets hectic and frayed as it did in 2022 and is likely to again in 2023. For me, a good liturgical planner can serve as a small anchor in the storm.
Wishing everyone a wonderful 2023. May God bless us all!
You can order the Angelus Press 2023 planner here.
You can order the erasable pen I use – the Pilot Frixion Clicker – here (affiliate link).