The Angelus

The bells in our bell tower ring the venerable “Angelus” on weekdays at 12pm and 6pm, and at 12pm on Saturday. This call to prayer encourages us to stop what we’re doing for a moment and say a short prayer. If you’re around the church at the times mentioned and hear our bells ringing, stop and pray! From Easter Sunday until Pentecost the prayer used is the Regina Caeli (Queen of Heaven). Here’s the text:

Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia,
for the Son you were privileged to bear, alleluia,
is risen as he said, alleluia.
Pray for us to God, alleluia,

 V/. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia!
R/. For the Lord is truly risen, alleluia.

 Let us pray. O God, who gave joy to the world through the Resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant, we beseech you, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, his Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Excerpted from Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers, revised edition © 2007, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. All rights reserved.