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…

Which Will It Be, Palms or Cloaks?

The collect and readings for The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday, may be found here. The following sermon is based on the gospel for the Liturgy of the Palms, Luke 19:28-40. 28After he had said this, he went on…

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…

Unwedded Bride, Agni Parthene, O Virgin Pure

Refrain: Rejoice, O Unwedded Bride! O Virgin pure, immaculate/ O Lady Theotokos O Virgin Mother, Queen of all/ and fleece which is all dewy More radiant than the rays of sun/ and higher than the heavens Delight of virgin choruses/…

The Virgin Mary, A Letter Sent by the Father

Mary appeared to us as a sealed letter, in which were hidden the mysteries of the Son and his depth. She gave her body as a clean sheet; the Word wrote his essence on it, corporeally. The Son is the…

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