Monday, March 26, 2012

The Feast of the Annunciation

Annunciation by Fra Angelico 1433-1434
Today is the Feast of the Annunciation. The feast is usually celebrated March 25, but when it falls on a Sunday it is moved to Monday. The Feast day marks the day that the angel Gabriel came to Mary and asked her to be the mother of God. The church has set this date 9 months before Christmas, December 25. 

The Angelus is a prayer traditionally said at 6 am, noon and 6 pm. Drawing from St Luke's gospel, we revisit the blessed day when Mary gave her yes.

Today renew your yes to God and His will in your life.

The Angelus:
Fresco of San Marco in Florence, by Fra Angelico 1438-45
The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary: 
And she conceived of 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 done unto me according to Thy word. 
Hail Mary . . . 
And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us. 
Hail Mary . . . 
The Annunciation by Fra Angelico 1440-42

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 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 be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.

The Hail Mary is made up of two primary scriptures:

"Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you" (Lk 1:28)
 "Blessed are you among women,
 and blessed is the fruit of your womb"
(Lk 1:42)

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