The Angelus

A Marian prayer, traditionally prayed at 6am, noon and 6pm:  many schools use it at the start of the lunch or dinner break.

It is a call-and-response type of prayer:  there may be only one leader, or the people may be divided into two equal groups, with one group acting as leader and one as the responders.

Either the modern or traditional Hail Mary may be used.

Information about the source of the prayer is in this Wikipedia article.

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Words (full text) of the prayer:

Leader:    The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
Response:    And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
(all pray the Hail Mary together)

Leader:    Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Response:    Be it done unto me according to thy word.
(all pray the Hail Mary together)

Leader:    And the Word was made Flesh.
Response:    And dwelt among us.
(all pray the Hail Mary together)

Leader:    Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
Response:    That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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.


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