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Photo: Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec 8 2011, St. Stephen Church



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mass for the Annunciation

Fr. Hardon invites us to meditate upon the Annunciation, which is celebrated on Mar 25. 

Our present meditation is on: The Annunciation
It is the same Gabriel that announced to Zachary that Elizabeth, in her old age, would conceive and bear a son. Given the magnitude of this great mystery of the Annunciation, I thought we should have three meditations on the angelic Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The first one will be on the angelic salutation. The second will be on the angelic prediction. And, the third will be on the angelic explanation.
If any event in Sacred Scripture deserves three prayerful meditations, it is surely the Annunciation. This event changed the whole course of human history. Better, this event was the culmination of human history. We are told by the fathers of the Church, God becoming man was more important than God creating man. We should say that before God took on a human habitation in Mary’s womb, the Almighty was indeed present because He is God. He is present because He is God everywhere in the world He made.
The moment He became incarnate, God became present as the God-man, and having instituted the Holy Eucharist on Holy Thursday night, from the Annunciation through the Last Supper, God has decided to remain on earth as the God-man in the Blessed Sacrament until the end of time.


The rest of Fr. Hardon's meditation can be found on The Real Presence.

St. Stephen will offer a Latin Mass on Saturday, Mar 25, at 10am.

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