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Angelus

A devotional liturgy commemorating the Incarnation, the Angelus  is used by some Anglicans to reflect on the Blessed Virgin Mary, especially in the season of Advent.

The name Angelus  is derived from its first word, Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariæ, and is practiced by reciting three Biblical verses narrating the mystery of the Incarnation in alternation with the prayer Hail Mary.

The Angelus  devotion is often accompanied by the ringing of the Angelus  bell, which is a call to prayer and to spread good-will to everyone. The angel referred to in the prayer is Gabriel, a messenger of God who revealed to Mary that she would conceive a child to be born the Son of God.

Below is a modern English translation of the historical devotional liturgy.

℣. The Angel of the LORD declared unto Mary,
℟. 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 our death.

℣. Behold the handmaid of the LORD.
℟. Be it done unto me according to thy word.

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 our death.

℣. And the Word was made flesh.
℟. And dwelt among us.

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 our death.

℣. Pray for us, O' Holy Mother of God.
℟. That we might 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.

℣. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.
℟. As it was in the beginning now and ever shall be world without end Amen.
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