Monday, March 26, 2007

The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The ArchAngel Gabriel: "... quia non erit impossibile apud Deum omne verbum."

(Because no word shall be impossible with God.)

The Annunciation by Fra Angelico

Dixit autem Maria: "Ecce ancilla Domini, fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum."

(And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word.)

Beautiful! Very Beautiful.

From the 1962 Roman Catholic Daily Missal:

This is the great Festival of the Incarnation, commemorating the announcement by the Archangel Gabriel to our Lady that the Divine Sone of God, the Word, (VERBVM CARO FACTVM EST), would take human nature upon Him in her virginal womb. Its date is determined by that of Christmas Day, and as the day which marked the beginning of the Christian dispensation that was for many centuries regarded as the first day of the civil year.

On this day the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, uniting for evermore our human nature to the Divine nature. The mystery of the Incarnation brings vividly before us the boundless condescension and humility of God the Son in stooping to our condition in order to be our Saviour. Equally it proclaims the glory and greatness of Mary, who was chosen to give to the Divine Word human flesh and human birth, and so to co-operate with God in the restoration of mankind. Hence her most glorious title of "Mother of God," which explains all her glories, her sanctity, and her honour.


Here's a link to something I blogged awhile ago, on decisions and doing the will of dearest God. In the meanwhile I will post more about the Annunciation after my exam on Wednesday. Do pray for me, =D, I need all the help I can get. Deo volente!

Amor meus crucifixus est!

Parce Domine, parce populo tuo: ne in aeternum irascaris nobis.



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