The Angelus and my IHM Nuns

Blog Published: November 19, 2008
By Sister Julie

Yesterday I spent the day in Monroe, Michigan, at my IHM Motherhouse. I am a member of committee that is responsible for engaging the IHM community in a process of prayer and reflection on religious life and our IHM charism. It is one of the most engaging experiences I’ve had the privilege to be involved in.

AngelusWhile at the meeting yesterday, we talked about many things — how the process was going, what our next steps are, etc. The meeting continued throughout the morning. Then, while we were in the midst of discussion on some topic or another, the Motherhouse bell rang. It was noon, and the bell signaled the praying of the Angelus. Our discussion stilled and gave way to silence. Then we began to pray together the Angelus.

I can’t tell you how meaningful that was. It symbolized so much to me … our apostolic work combined with contemplation; our identity as Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters; our shared life of prayer, community, and mission; our own “yes” to the work of the Holy Spirit alive in us, in our IHM community, and in our world.

At noon today I invite you to pray the Angelus with me and with my IHM Sisters. Here are the words to the Angelus.

The Angelus

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

Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it done unto me according to thy word.
Hail Mary, full of grace …

And the Word was made Flesh.
And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary, full of grace …

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 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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Laura November 19, 2008 at 8:36 am

We pray The Angelus at the end of Mass every Sunday at our church. I will be sure to pray it at noon today and knowing that you and your IHM Sisters are doing it as well will be extra special. 

Alicemary November 19, 2008 at 11:25 am

I used to love when I lived in the North, the church bells ringing the Angelus at noon and 1800. I always stopped what I was doing and said that lovely prayer. Down here in the South, that is not done, and how I miss it. Thanks for reminding me of a practice that is so meaninful

Emmett Turney July 7, 2009 at 11:07 am

Dear Sister, I was taught by IHM sisters at St. Felicitas on the southside of Chicago. Our good Lord reminded me of how blessed were the children who were instructed by the holy and good hearted nuns of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Some names from the past: Mother Cyprian, Sister Eustace, Sister Timothy (don’t mess with her). Please send me a mailing address to which I can send a donation. May God bless all of you for your faithful service to our Lord.

Sister Julie July 7, 2009 at 1:31 pm

Dear Emmett, How wonderful to hear from you! I am going to send this to my nuns at the IHM Motherhouse to see who these sisters are (I don’t know everyone’s religious name). I have often heard Sisters share their good memories and experience of Saint Felicitas. And many thanks for your desire to make a donation. It means a lot to us. Our address is IHM Development Office, 610 West Elm Avenue, Monroe, Michigan 48162. Do let them know that you are an alum of the IHMs! Many thanks, Emmett.

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