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Re: The Eve of the Annunciation
« Reply #90 on: March 25, 2021, 10:45:31 AM »
We celebrated the Mass for Annunciation this morning, full of joy before the glorious mystery of the beginning of our salvation. A quite decent crowd gathered in silence... The white upon the altar... Pastor Ball as celebrant and preacher and Pastor Gleason as deacon...  The sweet smell of the incense wafting through the air as the altar was censed at the Introit and during the Sanctus... The voices of the children gaily blending with adults in singing the Gloria in Excelsis and especially “The Angel Gabriel” with its “Most highly favored Lady: Gloria!”... The privilege of sitting next to two of my grandchildren during the liturgy and thanking God that they are being brought up here... The joy of kneeling at “and was made man”... A wonderful homily by pastor that wove the three readings together in one act of marvel before the mystery... The beautiful old SBH intercession (which, I think, now only survives in LSB) and is, I think, the perfect intercession... The Annunciation Preface with its “sharing His divine life”... The chanting of the Our Father, Doxology, and Verba... The joy of receiving His body and blood, the body and blood He took on in the womb of the holy Virgin and in which our redemption was accomplished, Satan defeated, and death was destroyed... Singing with St. Simeon and then receiving His benediction, for in the Son of Mary His face has indeed smiled upon us... And what joy to think that the neighbor who lives literally next door and the neighbor who lives behind us both joined in this morning’s Mass, to offer a sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to the Blessed Trinity together with the children of our school and a number of other parishioners.
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Re: The Eve of the Annunciation
« Reply #91 on: March 25, 2021, 11:42:08 AM »
On the Eve of the Annunciation this year Pope Francis in his address at the Wednesday general audience said something which may reassure Lutherans about RC Marian piety:
Christ is the Mediator, Christ is the bridge that we cross to turn to the Father (see Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2674). He is the only Redeemer: there are no co-redeemers with Christ. He is the only one. He is the Mediator par excellence. He is the Mediator. Each prayer we raise to God is through Christ, with Christ and in Christ and it is fulfilled thanks to his intercession. The Holy Spirit extends Christ’s mediation through every time and every place: there is no other name by which we can be saved: Jesus Christ, the only Mediator between God and humanity (see Acts 4:12).
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Jesus extended Mary’s maternity to the entire Church when He entrusted her to his beloved disciple shortly before dying on the cross. From that moment on, we have all been gathered under her mantle, as depicted in certain medieval frescoes or paintings. Even the first Latin antiphon – sub tuum praesidium confugimus, sancta Dei Genitrix: the Madonna who ‘covers’, like a Mother, to whom Jesus entrusted us, all of us; but as a Mother, not as a goddess, not as co-redeemer: as Mother. It is true that Christian piety has always given her beautiful titles, as a child gives his or her mamma: how many beautiful things children say about their mamma whom they love so much! How many beautiful things. But we need to be careful: the things the Church, the Saints, say about her, beautiful things, about Mary, subtract nothing from Christ’s sole Redemption. He is the only Redeemer. They are expressions of love like a child for his or her mamma – some are exaggerated. But love, as we know, always makes us exaggerate things, but out of love.

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Re: The Eve of the Annunciation
« Reply #92 on: March 25, 2021, 12:57:27 PM »
The Doxosticon of the Orthros Praises:

The age-old mystery is revealed today,
and the Son of God becomes the Son of man,
so that by partaking of what is lower He may impart to me what is superior.

Of old, Adam was deceived;
and he did not become God,
though this was his desire.

But now, God becomes man,
to make Adam god.

Let creation sing for joy,
and let nature be exultant.

For the Archangel is standing with awe before the Virgin and is delivering the salutation,
the reverse of the pain and sorrow.

O our God,
who in Your tender mercy became man,
glory to You!

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Chrismated Antiochian Orthodox, eve of Mary of Egypt Sunday, A.D. 2015


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Re: The Eve of the Annunciation
« Reply #93 on: March 25, 2021, 01:46:21 PM »
Father Michael,

Thanks so much for sharing that! Encouraging indeed.