April 9, 2018

Feast of the Annunciation

The Annunciation by Renato Rossi, hand painted ceramic tiles on the facade of the Confraternity of Annunziata and Rosario (next door to the Chiesa San Giovanni) in Vietri sul Mare. Photo by New york Scugnizzo
The Feast of the Annunciation and the Mystery of the Incarnation, recalls when the archangel Gabriel visited the Virgin Mary and announced she would conceive a Child by the Holy Spirit. Normally, the Feast is held on March 25th, however, because it took place during Holy Week this year the celebration was translated to Monday, April 9th, the day after the Feast of Divine Mercy, or Mercy Sunday. The Feast is also the traditional day to make your Total Consecration to Jesus through the Blessed Virgin Mary. In celebration I'm posting The Angelus, a devotional prayer honoring the Blessed Mother's role in the Incarnation, which should be repeated three times daily (morning, midday and evening).
The Angelus

Prayer at dawn:The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary:
And she conceived by the Holy Spirit

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Prayer at noon:
Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
Be it done unto me according to Thy Word.
Hail Mary…

Prayer at twilight:
And the Word was made flesh:
And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary…

Conclusion after each prayer time:
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen