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A Merrier Marriage for Christmas!

Week Four - Sunday

The Angelus - Jean-Francois Millet

The Collect

Ora / Pray

Pour forth, we beseech you, 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.

Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

Labora / Work

Happy final Sunday of Advent! The Collect today is from The Angelus, a traditional prayer of the Catholic faith focusing on the Incarnation of Christ. It is prayed at 6 am, noon, and 6 pm. In some small towns across the US the church bells are still rung reminding the residents that it is time to pray the Angelus. Why not make this a prayer for your marriage, and if possible, your whole family. 6 am and noon might be challenging due to everyone’s schedules, but at least try the 6 pm hour. To give you an easier time in getting started in this new prayer time pick Sunday evenings during the Christmas Season. Who knows maybe it will stick and you can add another evening for Ordinary Time, and still another during Lent. Of course with each prayer more grace is added to your relationships. Who doesn’t want more grace?!

The Angelus

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.


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.

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