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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

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The Promise of Interruption – A Sermon on the Annunciation, Luke 1:26-38

We call today (March 25) the Feast of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) but I wonder if it might be more accurate to call it the Feast of Interruption. Here’s what I mean by that. We don’t know what Mary was doing when the Angel Gabriel showed up. Holy scripture doesn’t tell us. I’m willing to bet, however, that getting pregnant with and ultimately giving birth … Continue reading The Promise of Interruption – A Sermon on the Annunciation, Luke 1:26-38

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On the Feast of the Annunciation, Speaking the Creator into the World

“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 then – the word of the creature brought the … Continue reading On the Feast of the Annunciation, Speaking the Creator into the World

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

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

Birthing God – The Feast of the Annunciation

The Annunciation to the Theotokos (Luke 1:26-38) is an annunciation to the entire human race that the Son and Word of God has become incarnate. What happened physically in Mary happens spiritually in everyone who lives in virginity, that is, in those who are purified of the passions. Every time we say “Let it be with me according to your word” (Luke 1:38) we relinquish … Continue reading Birthing God – The Feast of the Annunciation