25 March 2010

The Feast of the Annunciation

Say to the daughter of Zion, "Behold, your salvation comes." (Introit)

O Lord, as we have known the incarnation of Your Son, Jesus Christ, by the message of the angel to the Virgin Mary, so by the message of His cross and passion bring us to the glory of His resurrection... (Collect)

Your throne, O God, is forever and ever (Gradual)

My eyes have seen Your salvation (Verse during Lent)

It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord; for by the Holy Spirit Your only-begotten Son was conceived in the womb of the blessed Virgin Mary and brought forth in the substance of our human flesh that we might partake of His divine life... (Preface)

Reminder: Divine Service this evening at St. Paul's at 6:15. If you can join us, please do so!


Trent said...

St. Gregory the Wonderworker's (213 –270AD) First Homily on the Annunciation to the Holy Virgin Mary:
Thou knowest, O Mary, things kept hid from the patriarchs and prophets. Thou hast learned, O virgin, things which were kept concealed till now from the angels. Thou hast heard, O purest one, things of which even the choir of inspired men was never deemed worthy. Moses, and David, and Isaiah, and Daniel, and all the prophets, prophesied of Him; but the manner they knew not. Yet thou alone, O purest virgin, art now made the recipient of things of which all these were kept in ignorance, and thou dost learn the origin of them. For where the Holy Spirit is, there are all things readily ordered. Where divine grace is present, all things are found possible with God. The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall; overshadow thee. Therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." And if He is the Son of God, then is He also God, of one form with the Father, and co-eternal; in Him the Father possesses all manifestation; He is His image in the person, and through His reflection the (Father's) glory shines forth

Mimi said...

A blessed Feast Day to you!

William Weedon said...

Thanks, Trent and Mimi. I hope the feast was a joyous one for you both!

William Weedon said...

Hey, Trent. The *Treasury's* reading for the Annunciation is also from St. Gregory Thaumaturgus. I suspect it was from the same writing.