Liam Neeson will be voicing the readings and works of C.S. Lewis for Hallow App’s Advent Pray25 challenge.
Neeson joins Jonathan Roumie and Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT for the challenge that will guide listeners in daily prayer for four weeks of Advent, the lead-up to Christmas in the Catholic faith, with reflections based on different works of Lewis, including “The Four Loves,” “Mere Christianity,” “The Great Divorce,” and more.
“This is something I’m really excited to share with people,” Neeson told Roumie in a video that was published today, November 20.
“I’ll be going through meditations largely from C.S. Lewis – from Belfast originally – in partnership with the Hallow App, which is this great prayer and meditation app.”
Neeson said he’ll be part of a Christmas and Advent challenge with Hallow “to help us to really grow deeper in our faith this holiday season” and to “help guide folks some beautiful meditations.”
Neeson said he hopes that people who join in on the journey will find “a little more hope and peace in their lives.”
This isn’t Neeson’s first time being involved with work from C.S. Lewis. The Co Antrim native famously voiced the character of Aslan, a lion, in three of the film adaptations of Lewis’s “The Chronicles of Narnia.”
In 2010, Neeson stirred a small bit of conference when he said: “Aslan symbolizes a Christlike figure, but he also symbolizes for me Mohammed, Buddha, and all the great spiritual leaders and prophets over the centuries.
“That’s who Aslan stands for as well as a mentor figure for kids – that’s what he means for me.”
However, Walter Hooper, a trustee for Lewis’s estate, said afterward: “It is nothing whatever to do with Islam.
“Lewis would have simply denied that. He wrote that ‘the whole Narnian story is about Christ’.
“Lewis could not have been clearer.”
Later, in 2015, Neeson was accused of anti-Catholicism when he narrated the Amnesty International video “Chains” which called for Ireland’s Eighth Amendment, which effectively banned abortion, to be repealed.
The following year, Neeson chatted with Ryan Tubridy on RTÉ Radio One ahead of the release of “Silence,” in which he played a Jesuit priest.