The Angelus prayer
marks that annunciation event. It gets its name from the opening Latin words of the prayer: “Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae” – “the angel of the Lord declared unto Mary”. The tradition was to ring the distinctive Angelus bell (three threes and a nine) at dawn and noon and dusk – roughly 6am, 12noon and 6pm. There was a pause for prayer, to consider that momentous event when God was about to enter history.
The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
And the Word was made Flesh: