Fáilte an Aingil - The Angelus

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The angelus bell rings in the church tower morning, noon, and night to remind us to recite the Angelus in memory of the Incarnation. What you hear in the background are the traditional Angelus bells ringing. Each Sunday at noon when he is present at the Vatican, Pope John Paul recites the Angelus with the people gathered in St. Peter's square and delivers a message.

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Tháinig Aingeal an Tiarna le scéala chun Mhuire
Agus ghabh sí ón Spiorad Naomh.

Sé do bheatha, a Mhuire srl.

Féach, mise banóglach an Tiarna
Go ndéantar liom de réir do fhocail.

Sé do bheatha, a Mhuire srl.

Ghlac an Briathar colainn daonna
Agus chónaigh Sé inár measc.

Sé do bheatha, a Mhuire srl.

Guigh orainn, a Naoimh Mháthair Dé
Ionas go mb'fhiú sinn geallúna Chríost a fháil.

Doirt anuas, impímid, a Thiarna, do ghrásta inár gcroíthe ionas, sinne a fuair fios trí scéala an Aingil ar theacht Chríost do mhac i gcolainn daonna, go dtiocfaimis trí luaíocht a pháise agus a chroise chun glóire a aiséirí.
Trí Chríóst ár dTiarna. Ámén.

The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary full of grace etc.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord
Be it done unto me according to your word

Hail Mary full of grace etc.

And the Word became flesh
And dwelt amongst us

Hail Mary full of grace etc.

Pray for us, O holy Mother of God
That we may be worthy of the promises of Christ

Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, your grace into our hearts, that we to whom the Incarnation of Christ your 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 Christ Our Lord. Amen.

The origins of the Angelus are rooted in monastic prayers of the hours, and even in its earliest form included the three "Hail Marys". Originally the Angelus prayers were said at Compline (night prayer), and over the years mid-day and morning hours were added. By the early seventeenth century the formula of prayers exactly as we know it today was complete.

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* The phonetics should be considered as a rough guide. Check Fóclóir Póca for the standard phonetical notation.
Courtesy of Vivian and Jack IrishPage.com June 2003
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