Friday, 14 December 2012

An Advent Prayer : The Angelus

Many of us have busy lives, and it can be difficult to find time for prayer.

The prayer known as the Angelus is ready-made for hectic schedules, and has a definite Advent feel to it. Traditionally said at 6am, noon, and 6pm and said throughout the year, except during the Easter season when it is replaced by the Regina Caeli, it can be prayed flexibly.

The Angelus, which can be said silently 'in your head' or out loud fits easily into a few moments during the day. It is an ideal prayer for the middle of the working day, since it reminds us of the Incarnation - God becoming a human being like us and sharing an ordinary working life - and of the need to follow Mary in saying 'yes' to God.

The Angelus

The Angel of the Lord declared unto 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 to me according to your word.
    Hail Mary, etc.

And the Word was made Flesh.
And dwelt among us.
    Hail Mary, etc.

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

Pour forth, we ask 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. Amen.

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