Friday, March 25, 2011

Feast of the Annunciaition

Today is the Feast of the Annunciation, when we celebrate the Angel Gabriel announcing to Mary that she will conceive a child and name Him Jesus. This holy day would be a great opportunity to renew the ancient practice of the praying of the Angelus, which commemorates the events of the Incarnation with the repetition of three Hail Mary's and accompanying prayers. This prayer was once a common practice among Catholics, but has fallen into disuse in recent decades. Below I have posted the text of the Angelus in honor of the Feast of the Annunciation. The prayer consists of two parts: for a "Leader" and then a "Response." Obviously when prayed by one person, he or she would take both parts.  However, in a group setting one person would be chosen as the leader and all would join in the response. Below I have clearly marked the leader's parts and printed them in plain text. The responses are in Italics.

The Angelus

Leader: The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
Response: 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 death.
Amen

Leader: Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
Response: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
Hail Mary, full of grace...etc.

Leader: And the Word was made Flesh:
Response: And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary, full of grace...etc.

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.
Response: Amen.

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