Today we celebrate the feast of the Annunciation, when the Archangel Gabriel announced to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she would bear the Son of God. This angelic salutation is at the heart of our faith and for this reason has been formalized in the prayer of the Church throughout the centuries. One particular way is the Angelus, traditionally prayed daily at 6am, 12noon and 6pm. This prayer has been used by the laity to join in prayer with priests and religious who pray the psalms at certain times throughout the day. Let us honor our Lord and our Lady as we pray this week's HWP:
The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.Hail Mary...
Behold the handmaid of the Lord:Be it done unto me according to Thy word.Hail Mary . . .And the Word was made Flesh:(genuflect) And dwelt among us.Hail Mary . . .Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,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.