Pope's Angelus of 18 August 2019

Pray with the Pope


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.


The Words of the Pope

Sunday, 18 August 2019

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning!

In today's Gospel passage (cf. Lk 12:49-53), Jesus warns his disciples that the time to decide has come. Indeed, his coming into the world coincides with the time for making decisive choices: the option in favor of the Gospel cannot be postponed. In order to better explain his message, he uses the image of the fire that he himself came to bring upon earth: "I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! (v. 49)”. These words are intended to help the disciples abandon every attitude of laziness, apathy, indifference, and closure so as to welcome the fire of God's love; a love which, as Saint Paul reminds us, "was poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit" (Rom 5:5). Because it is the Holy Spirit who makes us love God and our neighbor; we all have the Holy Spirit within us.

Jesus reveals to his friends – and also to us – his most ardent desire: to bring on earth the fire of the Father's love, which kindles life and by which humanity is saved. Jesus calls us to spread this fire throughout the world, thanks to which we will be recognized as his true disciples. The fire of love, kindled by Christ in the world through the Holy Spirit, is a limitless fire, a universal fire. This has been observed since the early days of Christianity: the witness of the Gospel spread like a beneficial fire, overcoming every division among individuals, social categories, peoples, and nations. The witness of the Gospel burns all forms of particularism and keeps charity open to all, with a single preference: that for the poorest and the excluded.

The adherence to the fire of love that Jesus brought to earth envelops our entire existence and requires worship of God and also a willingness to serve our neighbor. Adoration of god and willingness to serve our neighbor. The first, to adore God, also means learning the prayer of adoration, which we usually forget. That is why I invite everyone to discover the beauty of the prayer of adoration and to practice it often. And then the second, willingness to serve our neighbor. I think with admiration of so many communities and groups of young people who, even during the summer, dedicate themselves to serving the sick, the poor, and people with disabilities. Living according to the spirit of the Gospel requires that, in the face of the ever-changing needs which are emerging in the world, there be disciples of Christ who know how to respond with new charitable initiatives. In this way, the Gospel truly manifests itself as the fire that saves, that changes the world starting from the change which takes place in each person’s heart.

In this perspective, we can also understand Jesus’ other statement in today’s passage, which at first glance may disconcert us: "Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division." (Lk 12:51). He came to "separate with fire" good from evil, the just from the unjust. In this sense he came to "divide", to stir up "crisis" - but in a healthy way – in the lives of his disciples, breaking the easy illusions of those who believe they can combine Christian life with wordliness - Christian life with with compromises of all kinds, religious practices, and hateful attitudes. Some think it justifiable to combine true religiosity with superstitious practices: how many self-styled Christians go to the soothsayer to have their palms read! This is superstition - it is not of God. It is a question of not living hypocritically, but of being willing to pay the price of choices consistent with the Gospel. This is the attitude that each of us must seek after in life: consistency, consistency with the Gospel. Because it is good to call ourselves Christians, but above all we need to be Christians in concrete situations, witnessing to the Gospel which is essentially love for God and for our brothers and sisters.

May Mary, Most Holy, help us to allow ourselves to be purified of the fire brought by Jesus, in order to spread it through our lives and through decisive, courageous choices.


Dear brothers and sisters,

I extend a cordial greeting to all of you, the Roman faithful and pilgrims who have come from Italy and from various countries.

In particular, I greet the "Divine Love" group from Canada; the Scouts from Rio de Loba, in Portugal; and the faithful from Poland.

I wish you all a happy Sunday. Please do not forget to pray for me. Have a good lunch and goodbye!

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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