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The Angelus

The Angelus is an ancient prayer celebrating the Angel Gabriel’s annunciation of the Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is recited at 6 A.M., Noon, and 6 P.M. The time for recitation was traditionally marked by the ringing of church bells (which were known as the Angelus bells). During the Easter season, from Easter through the Saturday before Pentecost Sunday, the Prayer Regina Coeli Laetare is recited in place of the Angelus


The Angelus
V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary
R. and she conceived of he Holy Spirit.
(Hail Mary, etc.)
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
(Hail Mary, etc.)
V. And the Word was made flesh,
R. And dwelt amongst us.
(Hail Mary, etc.)
V. Pray for us, O most 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, Thy grace into our hearts; that, as we have known the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son by the message of an Angel, so by His Passion and Cross we may be brought to the glory of the Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen


Regina Coeli
(Queen of Heaven, Rejoice)
The Regina Coeli (sometimes referred to by the longer title Regina Coeli Laetare) is a 12th-century hymn to the Blessed Virgin Mary that is recited in place of the Angelus during the
Easter season (from Easter through the Saturday before Pentecost Sunday)



Regina Coeli
Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia,
For He whom you did merit to bear, Alleluia,
Has risen as He said, Alleluia.
Pray for us to God, Alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia.
R. For the Lord has truly risen, Alleluia.
Let us pray.
O God, who gave joy to the world through the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.
Through the same Christ our Lord.

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