Grade 8-1 Homeroom/Religion
Mrs. Crayne

  • The Angelus

    Do you perhaps recognize the picture above? It’s a famous painting about a famous prayer: the Angelus! In this 19th century work by the French painter Jean-Francois Millet, a farming couple prays the Angelus at dusk.

    This prayer is well suited to the artist’s subject matter: two humble people paying homage to our Lord and His Blessed Mother in the Hail Mary, as well as in Gospel verses recalling His Incarnation as the Word entered the World. Its name comes from its opening words in Latin, “Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariæ.”

    V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
    R. 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

    V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
    R. Be it done unto me according to thy word.
        Hail Mary, etc.
    V. And the Word was made Flesh.
    R. And dwelt among us.
        Hail Mary, etc.
    V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
    R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
    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.

    This wonderful prayer evolved from a recitation of three Hail Mary’s following an evening bell around the 12th century to its present form (with morning and midday recitations) in the 16th century.

    When prayed in a group setting a leader recites the verses and everyone recites both the responses and the Hail Mary’s in between each verse, as shown above.

    Although the Angelus has been traditionally said three times daily, at 6 am, noon and 6 pm, you can pray it at anytime! It is still accompanied by the ringing of a bell (the Angelus bell) in some places such as Vatican City and parts of Germany and Ireland.

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