The Angelus

 The Angelus is to be prayed devotely in the morning, at noon (or as soon thereafter as may be possible) and at night to keep in our mind on the fact that God the Father sent His Son to become man for our salvation. Those who can kneel should do so. If two or more people join together in this prayer it should be prayed in double chorus; in other words, one person speaks the portion prefaced by “V.” and the others respond by reciting the portion marked “R.” The Angelus should be prayed on every day of the year except from Easter to Pentecost, at which time the Regina Coeli is prayed, instead. (Above image is from a Millet painting called: “The Angelus”.)

[English]                                                                                                                  [Latin]

V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.                                 V. Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae.

R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.                                             R. Et concepit de Spiritu Sancto.

Hail Mary, full of grace, etc.                                  Ave Maria, gratia plena, et cetera

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord!                                                     V. Ecce ancilla Domini.

R. Be it done unto me according to thy word.                                     R. Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.

Hail Mary, full of grace, etc.                                   Ave Maria, gratia plena, et cetera

V. And the Word was made flesh.                                                            V. Et Verbum Caro Factum Est.

R. And dwelt amongst us.                                                                            R. Et habitavit in nobis.

Hail Mary, full of grace, etc.                               Ave Maria, gratia plena, et cetera

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.                                                   V. Ora pro nobis, Sancta Dei Genitrix.

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.         R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

V. Let us pray:                                                                                                   V. Oremus:

R. Pour forth, we beseech Thee,                                                               R. Quaesumus mentibus

O Lord,                                                                                                                 Domine,

Thy grace into our hearts,                                                                           gratiam tuam nostris infunde,

that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ,                                         ut qui tui incarnationem Christi

Thy Son,                                                                                                              Filii

was made known by the message of an Angel,                                     cognovimus Angelo nuntiante,

may by His Passion and Cross                                                                    per passionem eius et crucem

be brought to the glory of His Resurrection,                                      ad resurrectionis gloriam perducamur,

through the same Christ Our Lord.                                                        Per eumdem Christum Dominum nostrum.

Amen.                                                                                                                 Amen.

Note well: the proper order of the words in the Latin version of the final oration is as follows:

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 eumdem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

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