Regina Caeli – Good News to Mary

With the Easter season the Regina Caeli is now the Marian anthem following compline. It also replaces the Angelus throughout the Easter season. O Queen of heaven, be joyful: Alleluia For he who was born of your body: Alleluia Has…

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).…

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…

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…

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…

Alma Redemptoris Mater

With the First Sunday in Advent the Marian hymn following compline changed from the Salve Regina to the Alma Redemptoris Mater. This will be used until the  Feast of the Presentation. There are two concluding collects: one for the Season of…

The Feast of St. Mary the Virgin, Dormition, and Assumption

Today, August 15, is one of the great Marian feast days. The Eastern Orthodox call it the Feast of the Dormition while Roman Catholics call it the Feast of the Assumption. They deal with the same event but the interpretation…

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…

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