Each day at 12 noon and 6 pm, the bells of St Mary's ring out the Angelus: three sets of three single chimes, followed by nine single chimes.
This ringing reminds us of and accompanies the praying of the Angelus, a short litany remembering the Incarnation.
The Angelus is traditionally observed at dawn, midday and sunset from after Pentecost to Maundy Thursday.
From Easter Sunday until Pentecost, the Angelus is replaced by the Regina Coeli, celebrating the joy Mary experienced at the resurrection of her son.
The angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary;
And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now,
and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Behold, the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it unto me according to your 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 you, O Lord, to pour your grace into our hearts
that as we have known the Incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ
by the message of an angel, so by his cross and passion +
we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Joy to thee, O Queen of Heaven. Alleluia!
He whom Thou wast meet to bear. Alleluia!
As He promised hath arisen. Alleluia!
Pour for us to God thy prayer. Alleluia!
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
For the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia.
Let us pray.
who through the resurrection of your Son
our Lord Jesus Christ
has brought joy to the whole world.
Grant, we beseech you,
that through his mother, the Virgin Mary,
we may obtain the joys of everlasting life.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
Hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry,
Poor banished children of Eve;
To thee do we send up our sighs,
Mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
Thine eyes of mercy toward us;
And after this our exile,
Show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.
Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiæ,
vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevæ,
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos
misericordes oculos ad nos converte;
Et Jesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria.