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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

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

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