Three times Our Lady!
The Memorial of the Incarnation is traditionally prayed at dawn (here, at St Mary’s, 8.30am), noon and 6pm outside of the Easter season, in honour of the Incarnation.
It is a thanksgiving for, and a reminder of, the great Christian truth that God took our human flesh and lived, died and rose again. The prayer is accompanied by the ringing of the Angelus bell.
When said with others it is recited in responsorial fashion which is how the prayer is set out below.
The angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary; And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
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.
Behold, the handmaid of the Lord. Be it unto me according to thy word. Hail Mary…
The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. Hail Mary…
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ
We beseech you, Lord, to pour your grace into our hearts; that as we have known the Incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel so by his cross and passion + we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
From Easter Sunday until Pentecost Sunday, the Angelus is replaced by the Regina Coeli
Joy to thee, O Queen of Heaven, alleluia! He whom thou was meet to bear, alleluia! As he promised hath arisen, alleluia! Pour for us to God thy prayer, alleluia!
Rejoice and be glad, O virgin Mary, alleluia! For the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia!
O God, who through the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, has brought joy to the whole world; grant, we beseech you, that through the prayers of his Mother, the Virgin Mary, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
“We beseech you, Lord, to pour your grace into our hearts.”From the Collect of the Angelus