Angelus

[The Angelus]Article

A devotion in honor of the Incarnation of Our Lord and venerating His Blessed Mother, recited at morning, noon, and evening at the sound of a bell. It consists of the Hail Mary said three times, with certain versicles (little verses), responses, and a prayer. It takes its name from the opening word of the Latin form, Angelus Domini nuntiavit Marire (The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary). The evening Angelus probably owes its origin to the “curfew bell” (French: couvre-feu, cover the fire), a signal for bedtime and evening prayer. The morning recital began at Parma, Italy, in 1318, as a prayer for peace. The noon Angelus, originally used only on Fridays, was extended to other days by Pope Callistus III in 1456. Champlain regulated that in New France it should mark the beginning and end of the day. An indulgence of 100 days is gained when the Angelus with three Hail Marys is said, and a plenary indulgence, conditional upon confession, communion, and prayer for the usual intentions, once a month for those who say it habitually. It is recited kneeling, except from Saturday noon to Sunday evening inclusively; but this is not necessary for gaining indulgence. During the Easter season it is replaced by the Regina Caeli Laetare (Queen of Heaven Rejoice).

V. The Angel of the Lord declared to 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, 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. And the Word was made Flesh.
R. 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. Amen.

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.

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

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Angelus”. New Catholic Dictionary. Saints.SQPN.com. 22 December 2013. Web. 31 July 2014. <>