The Feast of the Annunciation of the Holy Mother of God

Title: The Feast of the Annunciation of the Holy Mother of God
Description: “With the voice of the Archangel we cry out to you, O Most Pure One: ‘Rejoice, O full of grace the Lord is with you.’” (Hymn of Praise of the Feast)
The mystery of the Annunication has fundamental significance, for with it begin the New Testament and our salvation. Mankind had waited thousands of years for the good news of the Archangel concerning the incarnation of the Son of God. Heaven, earth, and the righteous souls in limbo awaited the good news. On this day God fulfilled his promise to send a redeemer, for on this day the “Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1,14) In a sermon on the Annunication, attributed to St. John Chrysostom, we read: “ Gabriel was sent to bring Adam the promise of his return from slavery to sin. Gabriel was sent to the Virgin, to restore the honor of womanhood. Gabriel was sent to prepare a worthy bridal chamber for the pure Bridegroom, Gabriel was sent to espouse creature with the Creator. Gabriel was sent to the living palace of the King of angels. Gabriel was sent to the Virgin betrothed to Joseph, but preserved for the Son. The Bodiless servant was sent to one exempt from corruption. A lamp was sent to point out the Sun of truth. Morning was sent to precede the light of day. Gabriel was sent to announce Him, who is in the bosom of the Father and in the arms of the Mother, Gabriel was sent to announce Him, Who is seated on a throne at God’s right hand and, at the same time, rests in a lowly manger on earth.” (Works, Vol. 8. P.854) Julian J. Katrij, OSBM, A Byzantine Rite Liturgical Year
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Date: April 7, 2014

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