Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The St Joseph Angelus

For the feast of St. Joseph, Mary probably wouldn't mind a bit if we tweaked the Angelus prayer to remember the important role her spouse played in the work of redemption. Indeed, if Mary is called co-Redemptrix as the woman closest to Christ, Joseph was the man closest to Christ throughout his formative years. He helped "form" Jesus for his messianic vocation. The "St. Joseph Angelus" honors him for this, using (as does the more typical Angelus prayer) the words of Scripture:

The Angel of the Lord declared unto Joseph--
--And he did as the Angel instructed him.

Have no fear to take Mary your wife into your home--

--for she has conceived by the Holy Spirit.

She is to bring forth a Son--

--and you are to name him Jesus.

Pray for us, O Blessed Joseph,

--that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that by Saint Joseph's intercession
your Church may constantly watch over
the unfolding of the mysteries of human salvation,
whose beginnings you entrusted to his faithful care.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

You might also enjoy:

Books: St. Joseph,  Help for Life's Emergencies ("The essential guide to St. Joseph"; site includes e-book links); The Mystery of Joseph (more substantial reading); Joseph, the Man Who Raised Jesus (this is a new one, Sr Anne hasn't reviewed it yet herself).

Papal Documents: By John Paul II (Guardian of the Redeemer); John XXIII ("Voices from every part"); Leo XIII (on Devotion to St. Joseph); Pius IX ("As Almighty God...").

FacebookThe St. Joseph page

Music: Te Joseph Celebrent sung by the Daughters of St Paul

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

It's Regina Coeli season!

During the 50 days of Easter, the Regina Coeli ("Queen of Heaven") takes the place of the Angelus, morning, noon and evening. Here are the words of this prayer in the traditional English translation:
Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia.
Has risen, as He said, alleluia.
Pray for us to God, alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.
Let us pray.
O God, who gave joy to the world
through the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant we beseech Thee, 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.

Like the "Ave Maria," the Regina Coeli has countless musical renditions. Here are a few sample, starting with chant:

Nobody does it like Mozart:

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Angelus cards

To make it easy to pray (and promote!) the Angelus, you can order color postcards featuring a lovely della Robbia Annunciation photographed in its original location by Sr. Sergia Ballini. Your purchase will also support the mission of the Daughters of St. Paul.

Keep a few for yourself in handy spots to help you remember to pray the Angelus morning, noon and evening--or on your commute to work, at lunch and on the commute home.

Alternatively, just save the image to your phone (it's missing the concluding prayer, but the Angelus dialogue itself is quite enough!).

Eventually, I hope to restore the print-it-yourself Word documents that you can print on business card paper so you will always have cards to give away... (I don't know what happened to the files I had created for this purpose, and my commitments now don't really indicate that I'll be able to get to this any time soon.)

Thursday, May 17, 2007

The Angelus

This video was prepared to help you learn and pray the Angelus. Once you have made this practice part of your daily prayer life, you can use the video to invite others to renew their faith in central truth of the Christian faith, in which the mysteries of the Trinity and of our Redemption in Christ come together: the Incarnation of the Son of God. If we are Christians, we need to "know him whom we have believed"! The Angelus can help.

Promote the Angelus prayer! Include this link in your e-mail: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-8sBS1cP_w, and consider embedding the video in your blog sidebar with the VodPod or Google video.

The Regina Coeli

The Regina Coeli ("Queen of Heaven") is prayed in place of the Angelus (morning, noon and night) during the Easter Season, and often sung in Latin for added festivity.

A Call to Prayer

The title of this blog sounds more like a Muslim theme than something dedicated to renewing a long-standing Catholic tradition. In part, it is inspired by the fact that, yes, faithful Muslims put everything on hold five times a day to call to mind and to proclaim the central beliefs of their religion. Many Catholics have retained the tradition of praying the Angelus three times a day (morning, noon and evening), but for the most part it is a lost art.
This blog is at the service of a renewal of the practice of the Angelus by Catholics and other Christians. We all confess Jesus, born of the Virgin, as Lord and Savior: Let us proclaim and renew our faith, and invite others to do so, too.

Please limit comments to ideas and success stories about promoting the Angelus or Regina Coeli in your Church group or locale.