Monday, September 20, 2010

The Angelus prayer

Right now I am watching EWTN and at the struck of 12:00 noon they pray the Angelus. The Angelus prayer is almost the most forgotten prayer. I find this prayer very beautiful. I remember when I was young the church rings the bell at the struck of 6:00 am, 12:00noon and 6:00pm. What we do? We paused and we pray the Angelus it goes like this







V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to your Word.

Hail Mary...
V. And the Word was made flesh.
R. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary...
V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: Pour forth,we beseech thee, O Lord, pour Your 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. Amen.
Glory be...

The Angelus (Latin for Angel) is a Christian devotion in memory of the Incarnation. The name Angelus is derived from the opening words: Angelus Domini nuntiavit MariƦ ("the Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary...") and is practised by reciting as versicle and response three Biblical verses describing the mystery; alternating with the salutation "Hail Mary!" The Angelus exemplifies a species of prayers called the prayer of the devotee.[1][2]
The devotion was traditionally recited in Roman Catholic churches, convents, and monasteries three times daily: 6:00 am, noon, and 6:00 pm (many churches still follow the devotion, and some practice it at home). The devotion is also used by some Anglican and Lutheran churches. The Angelus is usually accompanied by the ringing of the Angelus bell, which is to spread good-will to everyone on Earth. The angel referred to in the prayer is the Angel Gabriel, a messenger of God who revealed to Mary that she would conceive a child to be born the Son of God. (Luke 1:26-38). Source: Wikipedia


I don't remember who taught me how to pray the Angelus but I do believe that it's my maternal grandmother and my mother itself. For the fact, that I do remember praying that specific time growing up. And oh by the way, I learned it not in English at first but by our own language. I learned the English translation when I was in high school because I went to a Catholic school from high school to college.  A timeless and beautiful prayer I want it to be back in my daily prayer.