The Angelus is a special devotion which honors the Incarnation of Our Lord three times a day, often with the tolling of the church bells. The practice as we know it today originated in the 16th century. The name of the prayer, Angelus, is Latin for the word Angel, and refers to the Angel Gabriel who appeared to Mary to announce the news that she would bear Jesus. The prayer includes the recitation of the verses from Scripture which reference the Annunciation, each followed by the Hail Mary.
The Angelus is said Monday through Friday mornings at St. Joseph Church.
“Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you” (Lk 1:28)
“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb” (Lk 1:42).