Reformed Angelus

Perhaps the following would be used by Protestants meditating on the Incarnation during Christmastide, especially after Evensong. I have expunged it of prayer to saints, lest any proper merits be implied but those of Christ.

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Dearly beloved brethren, the Scripture sheweth us the great honour that the Lord hath bestowed upon the blessed Virgin Mary, and upon all who earnestly believe in his promises, which of old he hath made to his Church. Let us therefore meditate upon the mystery of Christ’s holy Incarnation, beseeching our heavenly Father to grant us the gifts of his Holy Spirit.

V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived by the Holy Ghost.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to thy word.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

V. And the Word was made Flesh.
R. And dwelt amongst us.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

V. Our whole soul and body be preserved blameless in the Second Adam.
R. That we may live worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

We beseech thee, O Lord, pour thy grace into our hearts; that, as we have known the incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel, so by his cross and passion we may be brought unto the glory of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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