Advent Weekly Reflection

                     Praying The Angelus this Advent 
The Angelus is an ancient and beautiful devotional practice. It is believed to have originated in the eleventh century with the praying of three Hail Mary's accompanied by the ringing of monastic bells or the call to prayer. Over time the Angelus evolved into the recitation of Biblical verses interspersed with praying the Hail Mary during morning, noon and evening prayer.
The Angelus reminds us of the Annunciation, when the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary with the startling news that God wished her to be the mother of His Son, Jesus. This prayer also plays tribute to Mary's role in the Incarnation as it could not have happened without her "yes" to God to become His Mother.

During the Advent Season at St. Elizabeth of Hungary parish our traditional Advent cards will reflect the Angelus Prayer. Just as Mary's humility is reflected in her calling herself the handmaid of the Lord, happy to have God work through her, how do we say "yes" when God wants to work through us as we serve Him and one another?

Nov. 30th ~ First Week of Advent ~ Prepare for the Coming of Christ
"Would that you might meet us doing right, that we were mindful of you in all ways." Isaiah 64:5

Meditation: The Angelus
The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary
and she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Commitment Prayer: This week I will be aware of the Holy
Spirit leading me to take good and
thoughtful actions.

Dec 7th ~ Second Week of Advent ~ Prepare for the Coming of Christ
" What sort of person ought you be, conducting yourselves in holiness and devotion, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God..."  2 Peter 3:11

Meditation: The Angelus
Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it done unto me according to your word.

Commitment Prayer: This week I will imitate Mary, choosing to be obedient and humble as I bring Christ's love to others.

Dec 14th ~ Third Week of Advent ~ Prepare for the Coming of Christ
"May the God of peace make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."  1 Thessalonians 5:23

Meditation: The Angelus
And the word was made flesh and dwelt among us.

Commitment Prayer: This week I will set aside time to read the Bible and allow God's Word to come alive in me.

Dec 21st ~ Fourth Week of Advent ~ Prepare for the Coming of Christ
"He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High...and of his kingdom there will be no end."  Luke 1:32-33

Meditation: The Angelus
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Commitment Prayer: This week I will ponder being a child of God and pray to made worthy of Christ's promises.

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