In a time before electronic alarms, church bells would ring as a reminder to stop at various point in the day to pray. Now that so many of you are home all day, this is a wonderful time to learn new prayers, to stop and be grateful, and to establish some traditions and routine that gives structure to what can turn into long days.
It’s likely that most of you do not live close enough to church to hear the bells, even if they did ring, but this is a devotion that is very easily adopted at home. Simply set a phone alarm for noon (or find an enthusiastic kid to ring an actual bell), and stop whatever you’re doing to pause and be thankful for the day.
The traditional Angelus prayer is recited at 6 a.m., noon, and 6 p.m. It reminds us of the Incarnation and Mary’s beautiful “yes” and is very easy to learn. We recommend you start with remembering to pray at noon and add the other times if you’d like.
(Leader) The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
(Others) And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
(All Together) Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen.
(Leader) Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
(Others) Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
(All Together) Hail Mary…
(Leader) And the Word was made Flesh:
(Others) And dwelt among us.
(Leader) Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God
(Others) 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, 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.
Resources: EWTN for the text of the prayer, YouTube for a version you can watch, this article from Amy Welborn that sparked the idea.