The Angelus Prayer

Pray the Angelus Domini: Dawn, Noon & Dusk

The Angelus (painting); Jean-François Millet (1857-59)

A pious and profitable practise is to set a church bell alarm on one’s ‘smart-phone’ for 6AM, 12PM and 6PM and, at its invitation, drop to one’s knees and pray the Angelus Domini.*

The Angelus, like the Hail Mary itself, is Scriptural, and gets its name from the Message of the Archangel St. Gabriel to the most Blessed Virgin Mary and is a – if not the – pivotal moment in God’s Salvific Plan for the redemption of mankind by the heralding of the coming of the Son of God, who became the Son of Man, our blessed Lord, Jesus Christ. Mary, the humble handmaid of the Lord, gives her fiat and so commences the long martyrdom she endured and which is the focus of the Seven Sorrows of Mary devotion.

The Regina Caeli (see below) is recited in place of the Angelus during Paschal-time (that is, from Holy Saturday at midday to midday on the Saturday preceding the Feast of the Most Trinity, inclusive) and since 1968 both prayers carry a partial indulgence. A history of the pre-1968 indulgences granted to both prayers can be found here (Raccolta, 1857).

Traditionally the Angelus was prayed kneeling, except on Sundays (from Saturday ‘evens’ or evening; so, from the Saturday 6PM recitation and all day Sunday) when it is recited standing.  The Regini Caeli is prayed standing.

These contemplations for the Feast of the Annunciation from the Christian Brothers of the Mid West website are short and concise and may be beneficial when praying the Angelus. Below is a brief excerpt, together with a very edited version of the Eastern Orthodox Akathist Hymn to Mary (Theotokos, “the all-holy birth-giver of God”) from that page (emphasis added):

Today is revealed the mystery that is from all eternity. The Son of God becomes the Son of man, that, sharing in what is worse, He may make me share in what is better. In times of old, Adam was once deceived: he sought to become God, but received not his desire. Now God becomes man that He may make Adam like God. Let creation rejoice, let nature exult: for the Archangel stands in fear before the Virgin and, saying to her ‘Hail’, he brings the joyful greeting whereby our sorrow is assuaged.

O You, Who in Your merciful compassion were made man, our God, glory to You!

LITANY of MARY ***
(Response after each invocation: Holy Mother of God, pray for us.)

Hail, O you, through whom Joy will shine forth!
Hail, O you, through whom the curse will disappear!
Hail, O Restoration of the Fallen Adam!
Hail, O Redemption of the Tears of Eve!
Hail, O Peak above the reach of human thought!
Hail, O Depth even beyond the sight of angels!
Hail, O you who have become a Kingly Throne!
Hail, O you who carry Him Who Carries All!
Hail, O Star who manifests the Sun!
Hail, O Womb of the Divine Incarnation!
Hail, O you through whom creation is renewed!
Hail, O you through whom the Creator becomes a babe!
Hail, O Bride and Maiden ever pure!
Hail, O Space of the Spaceless God!
Hail, O you who brought forth Christ the Lord, Lover of humankind! Hail, O Treasury of God’s Providence!
*** Akathist Hymn – Eastern Catholic Devotion

O Mother worthy of all praise, you who have given birth to the Word, the Holiest of the Holy, accept this present offering, deliver all people from every affliction, and save from the future punishment those who cry out to you: “Alleluia!”

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N.B. As with other prayers listed on this website, pious invocations are frequently added in italics at the end of the prayer text and are suggestions only. They do not form part of the prayer and have no official approbation.

* As it is surely true that the more Hail Marys the better, both for temporal and eternal life, why not download the Chime ‘App’, commission it to ‘beep’ every quarter hour and pray a quick Ave Maria when it so does? The ‘Roman Numotones’ are agreeably subtle, the hours of operation can be specified and are disabled when the phone is set to silent. This poster once heard (though can find no supporting citation) that this devotion was kept by the great saint Maximilian Kolbe, albeit without said ‘app’.

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The Angelus Prayer

The Angelus (English):
Angelus Domini (Latin):

 

R/. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary;
V/. And she conceived of the Holy Ghost.

Ave Maria …

V/. Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae;
R/. Et concepit de Spiritu Sancto.

Áve María, * grátia pléna,*  Dóminus técum. * Benedícta tu in muliéribus, * et benedíctus frúctus véntris túi, Iésus.

Sáncta María, * Máter Déi, * óra pro nóbis peccatóribus, * nunc, et in hóra mórtis nóstræ. * Amen.

Latin

 

R/. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
V/. Be it done unto me according to Thy Word.

Ave Maria …

V/. Ecce ancilla Domini.
R/. Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.

Áve María, * grátia pléna,*  Dóminus técum. * Benedícta tu in muliéribus, * et benedíctus frúctus véntris túi, Iésus.

Sáncta María, * Máter Déi, * óra pro nóbis peccatóribus, * nunc, et in hóra mórtis nóstræ. * Amen.

Latin

 

(Genuflect):
R/.
 And the Word was made flesh.
V/. And dwelt amongst us.

Ave Maria …


V/. Et Verbum caro factum est.
R/. Et habitavit in nobis.

Áve María, * grátia pléna,*  Dóminus técum. * Benedícta tu in muliéribus, * et benedíctus frúctus véntris túi, Iésus.

Sáncta María, * Máter Déi, * óra pro nóbis peccatóribus, * nunc, et in hóra mórtis nóstræ. * Amen.

Latin

 

R/. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
V/. 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 into the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

R/. May the divine assistance remain always with us.
V/. And may the souls of the faithful departed, by the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Gloria Patri … (suggested)


V/. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genetrix.
R/. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

Oremus.
Gratiam tuam, quaesumus, Domine, mentibus nostris infunde; ut qui, Angelo nuntiante, Christi Filii tui incarnationem cognovimus, per passionem Eius et crucem, ad resurrectionis gloriam perducamur. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

(Minor Doxology; suggested:)
Glória Pátri, et Fílio, et Spirítui Sáncto.
Sícut érat in princípio, et nunc, et sémper, et in sáecula sæculórum. Amen.

Latin

 

O holy and immaculate virginity, I know not by what praises I may extol thee: for thou hast borne in thy womb, Whom the heavens could not contain.

Mary, who was conceived without sin, and who suffered for us, pray for us!

 

 

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Regina Caeli

REGINA CaELI (English):
REGINA CaELI (Latin):

 

V/. Queen of Heaven, rejoice. Alleluia.
R/. For He Whom thou wast made worthy to bear. Alleluia.

V/. Hath arisen, as He said. Alleluia.
R/. Pray for us to God. Alleluia.

V/. Rejoice and be glad, (O) Virgin Mary. Alleluia.
R/. For the Lord hath risen indeed. Alleluia.

Let us pray.
O God, who through the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, hast vouchsafed to give joy to the whole world; grant, we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life. Through the same our Lord Jesus. Amen.

 

V/. Regina caeli, laetare. Alleluia.
R/. Quia quem meruisti portare. Alleluia.

V/. Resurrexit sicut dixit. Alleluia.
R/. Ora pro nobis Deum. Alleluia.

V/. Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria. Alleluia.
R/. Quia surrexit Dominus vere. Alleluia.

Oremus.
Deus qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es; praesta, quaesumus, ut per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Latin

 

(Roman Breviary; see history of the prayer and why it’s pertinent in times of pestilence)

 

 

 

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