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Sydney Catholic schools to pray Angelus daily

More than 100,000 students and staff will make God’s entrance into human history a central part of their day from 25 March when midday recitation of the Angelus becomes a reality at archdiocesan schools.

The prayer, which originated in Europe as early as the 13th century in different forms, was traditionally prayed three times a day – morning, noon and evening – originally in the monastic context but over time to help imbue the ordinary Christian’s daily life with the spirit of prayer.

“The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit,” runs the first verse, or versicle, followed by a Hail Mary. “Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done unto me according to thy word,” and then another Hail Mary.

And finally: “And the Word was made flesh: and dwelt among us,” followed by a third Hail Mary and a final prayer pleading for grace, that we might be resurrected through Christ and his saving passion.     [Full Story]

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