What is the Angelus?

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What is the Angelus?

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It’s a three-part prayer said thrice daily, usually at six in the morning, noon, and six in the evening. The name of the prayer is taken from its opening line in Latin, “Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae” (“The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary”).

The prayer itself consists of three Hail Mary’s, versicles, and a collect focusing on the mysteries of the Incarnation and the Annunciation.

THE ANGELUS

The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit. 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen. 

Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word. 

Hail Mary . . . 

And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. 

Hail Mary . . . 


Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

Amen. 


“Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you” (Lk 1:28)

 “Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb”
(Lk 1:42).

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