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The Angelus


This is an ancient Christian devotion in honour of the Incarnation, taking its name from the first word (in Latin) of Luke 1: 31. Angelus. It is usually accompanied by the ringing of the Angelus bell which is to spread the good-will to everyone on Earth. If time is very restricted, a single Hail Mary could be recited after the third acclamation. Circumstances may permit only the final prayer to be said.


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

[Luke 1: 31]


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

[Luke 1: 28]

[Luke 1: 42]


Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Your Word.

[Luke 1: 38]


Hail Mary…


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

[John 1: 14]


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 implore You, O Lord, Your grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Your 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.