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Parting the Veil of Impossibility

Luke 1:43. “Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’” In the innermost courts of the temple in Jerusalem, a veil separated humanity from the Holy of Holies, where the Spirit of God rested upon the Ark of the Covenant. An ancient, non-biblical story says that the Virgin Mary was one of the young women chosen to weave a … Continue reading Parting the Veil of Impossibility

There’s Something About Mary – A Sermon for the Feast of the Annunciation; Luke 1:26-38

The collect and readings for the Feast of the Annunciation may be found here. The following sermon is based on Luke 1:26-38. There’s something about Mary. The Archangel Gabriel, God’s own messenger, declares her to be the “favored one” (Lk. 1:28). God is with her. Her cousin, Elizabeth, says Mary is blessed among women (Lk. 1:42). Even Mary knows this about herself saying, “All generations will … Continue reading There’s Something About Mary – A Sermon for the Feast of the Annunciation; Luke 1:26-38

The Feast of the Annunciation 2012

Today is the celebration of the Feast of the Annunciation. It has a fixed date of March 25 but is transferred to today because this year the 25th fell on a Sunday and the celebration of Sunday takes precedence over the Annunciation. The following is from Holy Women, Holy Men – Celebrating the Saints: Today’s feast commemorates how God made known to a young Jewish … Continue reading The Feast of the Annunciation 2012

Learning to Say Yes – A Sermon on the Annunciation, Luke 1:26-38, Advent 4B

The collect and readings for the Fourth Sunday of Advent may be found here. The following sermon focuses on Luke 1:26-28. What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a common question. It was probably asked of us in our younger years. We ask it of our children and grandchildren. It is not, however, a question limited to a particular age. It … Continue reading Learning to Say Yes – A Sermon on the Annunciation, Luke 1:26-38, Advent 4B

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

Annunciation Happens at the Virgin Point – A Sermon for the Feast of the Annunciation, Luke 1:26-38

The collect and readings for the Feast of the Annunciation may be found here. The appointed gospel is Luke 1:26-38. In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and … Continue reading Annunciation Happens at the Virgin Point – A Sermon for the Feast of the Annunciation, Luke 1:26-38

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