Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is our model for daily prayer. Every day about 20 of us gather in our chapel for morning prayer and Mass at 7:45 and evening prayer at 5 PM. The first prayer we say together before beginning the liturgy of the hours is the Angelus: “The angel of the Lord declared to Mary, and she conceived by the Holy Spirit…” The prayer recalls the announcement by the angel that God wished Mary to be the mother of his Son and Mary’s acceptance of the angel’s invitation. (Luke 1, 26-38)
That day in Nazareth would never be repeated, but it changed the way Mary lived afterwards. “The angel left her,”so St Luke’s gospel ends his story of their meeting, and no angel came again, the gospels say, but Mary carried that message of grace with her for the rest of her days. Everyday.
The angel’s message was meant for us also. God’s grace, the Lord is with us too. Everyday.
“How can this be?” Mary asks. Questions were always there in the days that followed the angels visit. Faith is never without them. Everyday.
Are we without them?
“Be it done to me according to your word,” Mary said. “Your will be done,” Jesus said in the daily prayer he prayed and taught. Simple words that bow before God, putting ourselves in God’s hands and the time and place that’s there. Everyday.
“The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” The Word made flesh dwells among us, who was hidden during his days in Nazareth, not clearly seen in the days of his ministry, abandoned in the days of his Passion and Death. Now, he is with us in the days of his resurrection, calling us to follow him. Everyday.
We say the Angelus everyday, our first prayer.
“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.