Pope at Angelus: Mary’s life marked by service and praise – Vatican News

At the Angelus on the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pope Francis reflects on the “secret” that characterized the lives of Jesus and Mary: service and praise.

By Christopher Wells

Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with the faithful gathered in Saint Peter’s Square on Tuesday, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven at the end of her earthly life.

Today, the Pope said, as “we contemplate her ascending in body and soul to the glory of Heaven,” we also see Mary, in the Gospel, ascending “‘into the hill country’ to help her cousin Elizabeth.” It is there, the Pope notes, that Mary “proclaims the joyful canticle of the Magnificat.”

“Mary ascends, and the Word of God reveals to us what characterizes us as she does so: service to her neighbour and praise to God,” the Pope said, noting that Mary’s life mirrors that of her Son: “Jesus and Mary… travel the same road, two lives that ascend upwards glorifying the God and serving the brethren.”

“Mary ascends, and the Word of God reveals to us what characterizes us as she does so: service to her neighbour and praise to God.”


Reflecting first on service, Pope Francis said, “It is when we stoop to serve our brethren that we rise; it is love that elevates life.”

At the same time, he acknowledged that serving others is not easy; there is a cost to helping others. Like Mary, who had travelled a long way to be with Elizabeth, we, too, find that being in service to others involves fatigue, patience, worries. “It is tiring,” he said, “but it is ascending upwards, it is to gain heaven!”


However, the Holy Father warned, “service risks being barren without praise to God.” Turning again to the Gospel, he noted that, after her long journey, Mary did not dwell on her weariness; rather “a song of jubilation springs from her heart, because those who love God know praise.”

“Service risks being barren without praise to God.”

Praise is one of the keynotes of the day’s Gospel, he continued, noting Elizabeth’s joyful greeting to Mary and the child “who leaps with joy in Elizabeth’s womb.” Praise, he said, “is like a ladder: it leads hearts upwards.”

Service and praise in daily life

Pope Francis then invited his listeners to ask themselves, “Do I make service the ‘springboard’ of my life? … Do I, like Mary, exult in God? … And, after praising Him, do I spread His joy among the people I meet?”

The Holy Father concluded his remarks with the prayer calling on “Mary our Mother, assumed into heaven” to “help us to climb higher each day through prayer and service.”

What is the Angelus

The Angelus is a special prayer recited by Catholics three times a day, at 6am, noon, and 6pm and is accompanied by the ringing of the Angelus bell. The name comes from the Latin word for Angel and the prayer itself reminds us of how Jesus Christ assumed our human nature through the Mystery of the Incarnation.

The Pope recites the Angelus prayer in St Peter’s Square every Sunday at midday.

He also gives a brief reflection on the Gospel of the day and often comments on some issue of international concern. The Pope’s words are broadcast all over the world on radio and television and widely shared on social media.

From Easter to Pentecost the Regina Coeli is prayed instead of the Angelus. This prayer commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and, like the Angelus, concludes with the recitation of the Gloria three times.

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Angelus Dómini nuntiávit Mariæ.

Et concépit de Spíritu Sancto.

Ave Maria…

Ecce ancílla Dómini.

Fiat mihi secúndum verbum tuum.

Ave Maria…

Et Verbum caro factum est.

Et habitávit in nobis.

Ave Maria…

Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei génetrix.

Ut digni efficiámur promissiónibus Christi.


Grátiam tuam, quǽsumus, Dómine,

méntibus nostris infunde;

ut qui, Ángelo nuntiánte, Christi Fílii tui incarnatiónem cognóvimus, per passiónem eius et crucem, ad resurrectiónis glóriam perducámur. Per eúndem Christum Dóminum nostrum.


Gloria Patri… (ter)

Requiem aeternam…

Benedictio Apostolica seu Papalis

Dominus vobiscum.Et cum spiritu tuo.

Sit nomen Benedicat vos omnipotens Deus,

Pa ter, et Fi lius, et Spiritus Sanctus.


The Angelus Prayer

The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, etc…

Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it done unto me according to Your Word.
Hail Mary, etc…

And the Word was made Flesh.
And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary, etc…

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

Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech You, O Lord,
Your Grace into our hearts;
that as we have known the incarnation of Christ,
Your Son by the message of an angel,
so by His Passion and Cross
we may be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.
Through the same Christ, Our Lord.


Glory be, etc… (3 times)
Eternal rest…

Apostolic Blessing

The Lord be with you.
And with your spirit.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Now and forever.

Our help is in the name of the Lord.
Who has made Heaven and Earth.
May Almighty God bless you.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.


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