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Saint Bonaventure was a disciple of Saint Francis, a professor of theology in Paris from 1248 to 1257, and a friend of Saint Thomas Aquinas. He became general minister of the Friars Minor in 1257, upon which he introduced the Angelus prayer to their monasteries. This prayer salutes the Incarnation of the Son of God three times a day. This devotion spread quickly in Paris and to the entire Church. The Angelus is the first prayer recited each morning at the cathedral before the first mass. It is also recited every day at noon.




The Angel of the Lord brought tidings unto Mary
And she conceived by the Holy Ghost.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord
Be it unto me according to thy Word.
And the Word was made flesh
And dwelt among us.

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God
That we may be made 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 Christ our Lord.

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