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Stop and Pray the Angelus

The Baltimore Catechism, the Church teaches us that the Angelus is a prayer giving a brief history of the Incarnation.  It is said in the evening, it memory of the Incarnation; in the morning, in memory of the Resurrection, and at noon in memory of the Passion of Our Lord.

The Angelus is usually prayed in a group, with one person leading the prayer and the others responding.  To pray the Angelus, say:


Leader:  The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
Response:  And she conceived of the Holy Ghost.

Together: Hail Mary, full of grace! the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou amongst 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.

Leader:  Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Response:  Be it done unto me according to Thy Word.

Together: Hail Mary, full of grace! the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou amongst 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.

Leader:  And the Word was made flesh.
Response:  And dwelt among us.

Together: Hail Mary, full of grace! the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou amongst 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.

Leader:  Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God!
Response:  That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Leader:  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.

Together:  Amen.


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