Saturday, March 25, 2006

happy feast!

Today is the Feast of the Annunciation of our Lord to the Blessed Virgin. Over at Richard's Ramblings, Richard has rambled about his favorite image of the Annunciation, and it is a striking one indeed. The one above is one of my favorites. If you look closely, you can see a little tiny Word of God flying through the window towards our Lady's blessed womb (Luke 11.27). The candle on the table has been snuffed out (by the movement of the Holy Spirit?). Our Lady sits reading her Office Book, just as you and I do morning and evening (right?). the angel is vested as a deacon, in his role as messenger and servant of God. Last (and least), there seem to be four tiny monkies on the arms of the bench against which our Lady is leaning.

Today is a terrific day to say the Angelus:

The Angel of the Lord announced unto Mary,
And she conceived by the Holy Ghost.

Hail Mary....

Behold the Handmaid of the Lord.
Be it unto me according to thy Word.

Hail Mary...

And the Word was made flesh,
And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary...

Pray for us o Holy Mother of God,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

We beseech thee, O Lord,
pour thy grace into our hearts;
that, as we have known the incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ
by the message of an angel,
so by his cross + and passion
we may be brought unto the glory of his resurrection;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

1 comment:

mmbx said...

Well, one point of realism: there seems to be a Jewish prayer shawl hanging between the windows.