To Annunciate

As Sr. Fidelis pointed out in Monday’s blog, the Annunciation feast was moved on the calendar this year. It stuck out to me that while still celebrating the risen Christ in Eastertide, we simultaneously take time to celebrate the promise of him coming – again.  The word “annunciation” means an announcement, and the dictionary specifically states that the word “Annunciation” is referring to Gabriel’s announcement. If we take the verb form of the word, to “annunciate,” the word is defined as, “to proclaim.”  
 
Many days I struggle like Thomas, like so many others, to proclaim Jesus when I can’t see him.  A mentor once told me, “Some days, you need to set your will by simply saying, Okay Lord, I don’t see you today, but in faith I commit (or I annunciate) that you are real today, in this time and place.”

It may change tomorrow, but for today’s journey (a small chunk of time seems more manageable!), I will annunciate forward, actively, trusting you to keep me in your care.

 
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Gregorian Chant: The Eternal Song

 by Sr Fidelis  

Ave Maria

The Feast of the Annunciation, normally celebrated on March 25th, was transferred to today, April 8th.  Any feast which falls during Holy Week or Easter Week is moved to a later date, because of the importance of these sacred days in the Church’s calendar.

The Annunciation was celebrated in the East as early as 430 AD.  Luke’s Gospel gives us the account of the Angel Gabriel’s visit to the Virgin Mary.

In the Offertory for this feast day, Ave Maria, two greetings make up the text.  First, the Angel Gabriel’s greeting and secondly, Elizabeth’s inspired salutation during Mary’s visitation.  We know these familiar words as the first part of the Rosary, or “Hail Mary”.
 
The Offertory is a chant that accompanies the presentation of gifts to the altar.  This includes the bread and wine for Eucharist, but also included other gifts and offerings in medieval days.  Because this procession of gifts was of varying lengths, verses were added to the main body of the Offertory, so it could be as short or as long as need be to accompany the action.
 
The version you are about to hear includes several verses that continue the dialogue between Mary and Gabriel.
 
Hail Mary, full of grace,the Lord is with you.  Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

V 1. How can this be done in me, who have not known a man?  The Spirit of the Lord will come over you ,and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
V. 2  Therefore the holy one to be born of you will be called the Son of God.

Ave Maria

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Reaching Out

It’s late spring and time to send out some important mailings to friends and supporters.  Our volunteers have mobilized to help us share about events theatrical, musical, liturgical – hopefully all inspirational!  It’s still nice to hold the written word and image in your hands isn’t it?

An invitation

One of our greatest joys is when others come to pray with us. Please visit the calendar that lists the year’s calendar of liturgies and events at the Community of Jesus, and especially at the Church of the Transfiguration.

We look forward to saying “Welcome” in person and hope that along with your own church home, we might be a blessing in your life.