The Angelus is a traditional devotion of the Church, which is prayed in the morning, 12 Noon, and 6 PM. It is adapted here for use during the present grave crisis in Iraq, by adding the Memorare, Prayer to St. Michael, the Our Father, and the Preface to the second Eucharistic prayer for masses of reconciliation. We invite you to join in a Novena of Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows beginning immediately and to print this page to pray the Angelus devotion daily.

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Angelus in Time of War

V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary

R. And she conceived of the Holy Ghost.

Hail Mary. . .

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.

R. Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

Hail Mary. . .

V. And the Word was made flesh,

R. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary. . .

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 has been 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.

Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, w as left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, we fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, our Mother. To you we come, before you we stand sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate! Despise not our petitions, but in your mercy hear and answer us, Amen.

Here mention your petitions.

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into Hell Satan and the other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls, Amen.

Father, all-powerful and ever-living God, we praise and thank you through Jesus Christ our Lord for your presence and action in the world. In the midst of conflict and division, we know it is you who turn our minds to thoughts of peace. Your Spirit changes our hearts: Enemies begin to speak to one another, those who were estranged join hands in friendship, and nations seek the way of peace together. Your Spirit is at work when understanding puts an end to strife, and vengeance gives way to forgiveness. For this we should never cease to thank and praise you, and so we pray in the words Your Son taught us,

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy Name, Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

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