This prayer reminds us of the wonderful gift of the Incarnation. Quoting the Gospel of Luke, we recall St. Gabriel the Archangel appearing to Mary to reveal God's plan, Mary's humble acceptance of God's plan, and the Incarnation of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. This devotional prayer is traditionally prayed three times a day (6 am, noon, and 6 pm) and is accompanied by the ringing of the church bells. When the bells rang, all of the people who heard it, would stop whatever they were doing and pray this prayer. Here at Ascension we pray the Angelus at noon before Mass as our bells are ringing for the Angelus. The prayer is provided below, along with a video of the Angelus. When there is more than one person, the verses (V.) are prayed out loud by the leader and the responses (R.) are prayed by the others present. The Hail Mary is prayed by all.
V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. 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. Amen
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 among us.
Hail Mary, etc.
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, 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.