October 15, 2017
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Many are invited, but few are chosen.”
There are several ways of praying throughout the day. One of the most traditional ways has been to pray the Angelus. The name “Angelus”, which means “Angel” or “The Angel”, comes from the first words of this prayer in Latin, “Angelus Domini nuntiavit Maria” – “The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.”
The Angelus is traditionally prayed at three times during the day: 6am, noon, and 6pm. Not only does this encourage our praying throughout the day, but it also helps us begin the day, pause in the middle of the day, and come to the close of the day by meditating on Christ and his mother.
The words of the Angelus reflect one of the greatest mysteries of our faith: The Incarnation—God becoming man. When saying the words, “And the Word was made flesh”, it is customary to genuflect or bow as a way of humbling ourselves before God who humbled himself before us in his Incarnation. The words of the prayer are scriptural (cf. Luke 1:26-38, John 1:14), and as we pray, we take up the words of the Angel Gabriel and of Mary herself as our own. And what a great reminder it is for us to remember Mary’s “Yes” to God, “Be it done unto me according to Thy word.” As we pray the Angelus, we seek to be humble, obedient, and open to God’s will as Mary was.
This is a beautiful prayer all Catholics should memorize, and I encourage you to try to incorporate it into your day as you are able.
V: The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R: And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
V: Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
V: And the Word was made flesh.
R: And dwelt among us.
V: Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
V: 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.
God bless you,