The Angelus

When we pray the Angelus, we pause during the day to remind ourselves that, by being born of Mary, God became man, and we ask for her intercession for us and his blessing upon us.

The prayer consists of several short quotations from the Gospels of St Luke and St John, together with requests for Mary’s intercession and God’s blessing.

The Regina Caeli is said in place of the Angelus during Eastertide.

The Angelus gets its name from the beginning of its first line in Latin: Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae. Traditionally, it is preceded or accompanied by the ringing of a bell.

The words of the prayer (in the form used on Radio Maria England) are as follows:

The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary:

Luke 1:26–27

And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 1:35

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee:

Luke 1:28

blessed art thou among women, and

Luke 1:42

blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Luke 1:42

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,

now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.


Behold the handmaid of the Lord:

Luke 1:38

Be it done to me according to thy word.

Luke 1:38

Hail, Mary, full of grace, …


And the Word was made Flesh:

John 1:14

And dwelt among us.

John 1:14

Hail, Mary, full of grace, …


Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.

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 to the glory of his resurrection,

through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.



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