Angelus Craft Creating a Prayer Space
Angelus Craft for Primary Schools
The aim of this task is to give a period of extended meditation and prayer for the class. In the process, they learn the prayer and main elements of the Angelus which is a prayer of devotion for the Incarnation.
Incarnation: (from the latin caro, carnis = flesh, (becoming flesh) God's act of becoming man in Jesus Christ. This is the foundation of Christian Faith and of hope for the redemption of mankind!
THIS IS THEREFORE A PIVITOL PRAYER FOR OUR CHILDREN TO KNOW AND LEARN.
What is the Angelus?
This wonderful prayer evolved from a recitation of three Hail Mary's following an evening bell around the 12th century to its present form (with morning and midday recitations) in the 16th century. When prayed in a group setting a leader recites the verses and everyone recites both the responses and the Hail Mary's in between each verse, as shown above. Although the Angelus has been traditionally said three times daily, at 6 am, noon and 6 pm, you can pray it at anytime! It is still accompanied by the ringing of a bell (the Angelus bell) in some places such as Vatican City and parts of Germany and Ireland. The Regina Coeli prayer (which may also be sung as a hymn) replaces the Angelus during the Easter season.
The Angelus: A prayer of Devotion for the Incarnation
V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of 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
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to thy word. Hail Mary, etc.
V. And the Word was made Flesh.
R. And dwelt among us. Hail Mary, etc.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. 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. Amen.
You will Need:
3 x A4 Blue Card
2x Good quality A4 white Paper
Cutout template Blessed virgin, Angel Gabriel and Holy Spirit
Sticky tape and Glue
Some religious symbols for decoration
1. stick the blue card together horizontally,
2. Cut into an arch shape
3. Draw around the cut-outs onto your white paper
4. Fully unfold the card and stick the Angel on one arch and the Virgin and Holy Spirit on the opposite side
5. Mount the Angelus Prayer onto the central arch.
6. Turn over and on the back central arch, mount the Regina Coeli
7. On the back of the side the Angel is on, insert the image of the Angelus and title, along with prayer times.
8. Put some Angelus facts on the reverse of the Blessed Virgin and the Holy Spirit.
9. Allow the children to decorate as they choose.
During the Easter Season the Regina Coeli replaces the Angelus From midday on Holy Saturday to Pentecost Sunday. It expresses both our joy and Mary's Joy at the Resurrection of Our Lord.
Queen of Heaven, rejoice,
For He whom you did merit to bear,
Has risen, as he said,
Pray for us to God,
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary,
For the Lord has truly risen,
LET US PRAY
O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Angelus gets its name from the first word in Latin of the prayer: â€œAngelus Domini nuntiavit Mariæ.Â It means â€œThe Angel of the Lord Declared unto MaryÂ!
The Angelus is a short prayer to remember the Incarnation (When God became man, as Jesus).
It is prayed three times a day, at 6am, 12noon and 6pm
At Eastertide (The period from Easter Sunday to Pentecost) the Angelus is replaced with the Regina Coeli
Every Sunday at midday Pope Francis gives an Angelus Address, where he talks about an important subject and prays the Angelus with the people.
A bell used to be rung throughout the Prayer but now, it is rung before we pray!