Angelus Bells

THE ANGELUS Twice each weekday, before Morning and Evening Prayer, the ringing of the chapel tower bell signals the praying of The Angelus, taken from the Latin word for “angel” which begins the prayer.

The sacristan team on duty that day prays The Angelus at 10 minutes before the service and rings the bell as indicated.

You may wish to pray this prayer along with the sacristans and others when you hear the bells each day, or simply offer your own prayer at this time.  The words of The Angelus follow:

(While the first set of three bells is rung)

The Angel of the Lord announced unto Mary, And she conceived by the Holy Ghost.

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.

(While the second set of three bells is rung)

Behold the handmaid of the Lord; Be it unto me according to thy wordl.

Hail Mary, full of grace, etc.

(While the third set of three bells is rung)

And the Word was made flesh And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, etc.

Pray for us O Holy Mother of God That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Let us Pray: We beseech thee, O Lord, pour they grace into our hearts; that as we have known the incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel, so by his cross and passion + we may be brought unto the glory of his resurrection.  Through the same Christ our Lord.  AMEN.

At the time to begin Morning or Evening Prayer, a peal of nine bells is rung.  Note that the Angelus is also said and the bells rung for Morning or Evening Prayer on the weekends.