Waiting for Mary’s Answer

This year the Fourth Sunday of Advent focuses on Gabriel’s annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The following is from St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153): You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return … Continue reading Waiting for Mary’s Answer

The Feast of the Annunciation, Lent Interrupted

Today, March 25, is the Feast of the Annunciation, the day the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would give birth to the Son of God. This feast interrupts the Lenten season even as Gabriel interrupted Mary’s life with news that would forever change her life and the world. On this day the liturgical color changes from Lenten purple to festal white, fasting gives … Continue reading The Feast of the Annunciation, Lent Interrupted

The Feast of the Annunciation – Let it be.

Today, March 25, is the Feast of the Annunciation. In the days of creation of the world, when God was uttering his living and mighty “Let there be,” the word of the Creator brought creatures into the world.  But on that day, unprecedented in the history of the world, when Mary uttered her brief and obedient, “So be it,” I hardly dare say what happened … Continue reading The Feast of the Annunciation – Let it be.

The Angelus Domini – Feast of the Annunciation

The Angelus Domini is used to commemorate the holy annunciation of the angel Gabriel to Mary (Luke 1:26-38). It is used three times daily: at dawn, mid-day and at dusk. It remembers and honors the incarnation, the Word becoming flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. V. The angel of the Lord announced unto Mary. R. And she conceived by the Holy Spirit. … Continue reading The Angelus Domini – Feast of the Annunciation