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Solemnity of the Annunciation

March 26, 2012

JMJ

Blessed Solemnity of the Annunciation!

…also known as the Day of the Unborn Child…

Normally, this solemnity falls on March 25
(9 months before Christmas, the length of a typical pregnancy)
but since that landed on a Sunday this year,
it was transferred to give it its own day.

Ideas for observing the day can be found here.

We get to sing the Gloria today!!
In case you haven’t missed it, the Gloria is a prayer we fast from during Advent & Lent,
bringing it back only for Feasts and Solemnities (of which there are precious few).
Today is just such a celebration!
We get to celebrate the Incarnation,
the day when Heaven was first wedded to earth in the conception of Jesus Christ in Mary’s womb, nine months before His birth at Christmas.
And our culture hasn’t even secularized or trivialized it, the way it has Christmas.
There’s something to be said for obscurity :).

O God, who willed that Your Word
should take on the reality of human flesh
in the womb of the Virgin Mary,
grant, we pray,
that we, who confess our Redeemer to be God and man,
may merit to become partakers even in His divine nature.
Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Opening Prayer for today’s Mass)

Readings:
Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10 (a virgin shall bear a son and name him Emmanuel)
Psalm 40:7-11 “Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will”
Hebrews 10:4-10 (Jesus came to do God’s will)
+Luke 1:26-38 (the Annunciation)

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us
-John 1:14

He’s found an opening at last!

Eve’s daughter,
free as Eve had been
before the Fall,
surrenders all
to Love’s embrace.
The angels thrill!

She is the maid of prophesy.

the Lord Himself will give you this sign:
the Virgin will be with Child and bear a Son
and you shall name Him “Emmanuel”,
which means “God is with us”
-Isaiah 7:14

God’s Spirit overshadows her.

while all things were in quiet silence,
and the night was in the midst of her course,
Thy Almighty Word leapt down from Heaven
from Thy royal throne
-Wisdom 18:14-15

A single cell
–God-Man the cosmos can’t contain–
now makes His home
in Virgin womb.
He comes to do God’s will.

Humility!

Sacrifice and offering You did not desire,
but a body You have prepared for Me;
holocausts and sin offerings You took no delight in.
Then I said,
‘As is written of Me in the Law,
I have come to do Your will, O God.’
-Hebrews 10:5-7

Deep calls unto deep
-Psalm 42:7

This Virgin and her Son,
inseparable,
are present to us now in every Mass.
We offer bread
to Spirit overshadowing;
it becomes God,
so very small.
And as the Maid became His temple,
so do we
when give God
an opening.

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us
-John 1:14

Why do we try to puff ourselves up when God lowered Himself so profoundly?
When you receive God in Holy Communion do you give Him an opening to live in you?
To whose will are you committed–God’s or your own?

Angelus
(traditionally prayed in the morning, at noon and at night)

V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary
R. And she conceived by the Holy Spirit
Hail Mary…
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord
R. Be it done unto me according to Thy word
Hail Mary…
V. And the Word became flesh
R. And dwelt among us
Hail Mary…
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ

Let us pray: Pour forth, we beseech Thee O Lord,
Thy grace into our hearts, that we,
to whom the Incarnation of Christ Thy Son was made known
by the message of an angel may, by His Passion and Cross,
come to share in the glory of His resurrection.
Through this same Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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