March 25th – Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Today the Church celebrates the I Class feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Collect for the Day:
Deus, qui de beatae Mariea Virginis utero Verbum tuum, Angelo nuntiante, carnem suscipere voluisti: praest supplicibus tuis; ut, qui vere eam Genetricem Dei credimus, eius apud te intercessionibus adiuvemur. Per eundem Dominum, etc.
O God, Who didst please that at the message of an Angel Thy Word should take flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary, grant unto Thy suppliants that we who believeher to be truly the mother of God, may be aided by her intercession before Thee. Through the same, etc…
The Annunciation in Scripture
Luke 1:26 – 38
26And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, 27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 29 Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. 31 Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. 32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. 33 And of his kingdom there shall be no end. 34 And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man? 35 And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36 And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren: 37 Because no word shall be impossible with God. 38 And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her
March 24, 2009