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The Angelus

Angelus Domini * nuntiavit Mariae, et concepit de Spiritu Sancto.

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum, benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Jesus. *
Sancta Maria, mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

Ecce * ancilla Domini, fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.
Ave Maria, etc.

Et Verbum * caro factum est, et habitavit in nobis.
Ave Maria, etc.

V. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genitrix.
R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

Gratiam tuam, quaesumus, Domine, mentibus nostris infunde: ut qui, Angelo nuntiante, Christi Filii tui incarnationem cognovimus, per passionem eius et crucem, ad resurrectionis gloriam perducamur. Per eumdem Christum Dominum nostrum. 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.

The part before the asterisk * is sung by a cantor, and the congregation sings the remainder. Then the cantor sings the first half of the Hail Mary, with the congregation finishing the prayer.

This is found on the following CD(s): Chant Compendium 1, and Chant Compendium 2.

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