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The Angelus
and the Regina Coeli

 

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THE ANGELUS (angelus is the Latin word for “angel”), reminds us of how the Immaculate Virgin Mary became a model for us in totally surrendering her will to God’s will. With her simple and humble Fiat (Latin for “let it be done”), she offered herself to God, through the angel Gabriel, in unquestioning obedience.

Read an excerpt from a homily about angels
by Saint Gregory the Great

 
So, pray the Angelus (or the Regina Caeli during the Paschal Season; that is, from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday) every day at noon, at least—if not also at the traditional times of 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM. Set the alarm on your watch for 11:59 AM to remind you to stop whatever you are doing at midday. It may seem like a nuisance to stop work to pray, so just remember that if it weren’t for God, you wouldn’t have any work in the first place.

 
The Angelus

(Outside the Paschal Season—prayed kneeling)

THE ANGEL of the Lord declared unto Mary.
And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.

V. 

Hail, Mary, full of grace!
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus!

R. 

Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
 
   Hail Mary . . .
 
AND THE WORD WAS MADE FLESH.
And dwelt among us.
 
   Hail Mary . . .

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.
 

(The Latin)

ANGELUS Dómini nuntiávit Maríæ.
Et concépit de Spíritu Sancto.

V. 

Ave María, grátia plena, Dóminus tecum; benedícta tu in muliéribus, et benedíctus fructus ventris tui, Iesus.

R. 

Sancta María, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatóribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostræ. Amen.

Ecce ancílla Dómini.
Fiat mihi secúndum verbum tuum.
 
   Ave María . . .
 
Et Verbum caro factum est.
Et habitávit in nobis.
 
   Ave María . . .

V. 

Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Génitrix.

R. 

Ut digni efficiámur promissiónibus Christi.

Orémus—Grátiam tuam, quaésumus, Dómine, méntibus nostris infúnde: ut qui, Angelo nuntiánte, Christi Fílii tui Incarnatiónem cognóvimus, per passiónem eius et crucem, ad resurrectiónis glóriam perducámur. Per eúmdem Christum Dóminum nostrum. Amen.

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The Regina Caeli

(From Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday—prayed standing)
 
QUEEN of Heaven rejoice, alleluia,
For the Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia,
Has risen as He said, alleluia;
Pray to God for us, alleluia.

V. 

Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.

R. 

Because the Lord is truly risen, alleluia.

Let us pray—O God, who by the Resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, granted joy to the whole world: grant, we beg 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. Amen.
 

(The Latin)
 
REGINA cœli, lætáre, allelúia,
Quia quem meruísti portáre, allelúia,
Resurréxit sicut dixit, allelúia;
Ora pro nobis Deum, allelúia.

V. 

Gaude et lætáre, Virgo María, allelúia.

R. 

Quia surréxit Dóminus vere, allelúia.

Orémus—Deus, qui per resurrectiónem Fílii tui, Dómini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum lætificáre dignátus es: præsta, quæsumus, ut per eius Genetrícem Vírginem Maríam, perpétuæ capiámus gáudia vitæ. Per eúmdem Christum Dóminum nostrum. Amen.

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