The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary, and she conceived by the Holy Ghost.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou amongst 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.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
Hail Mary, etc.
And the Word was made flesh. And dwelt amongst 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.
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This prayer is traditionally recited morning, noon, and evening by devout Catholics all over the world. It has been in use for at least 600 years. It recalls to our minds what our whole life should be about: gratitude to Our Lord for our redemption, and living for Him. It is normally recited instead of sung, and often in the vernacular instead of in Latin. That is not a problem, since it is a prayer and not part of the Liturgy. However, often in seminaries or monasteries you can find it sung in Latin on feast days.
This is an excellent prayer to say as a family, to bring down on your household the blessing of God. Nothing pleases Jesus more than to see us imitate Him by loving His dear Mother.
This is found on the following CD(s):
Chant Compendium 1, and
Chant Compendium 2.
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