Long ago, a Bishop named Anselm (1033-1109) said: "Without God's Son, nothing could exist; without Mary's Son, nothing could be redeemed". This is a fitting quote for the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
We celebrate the birth of Christ on 25th of December; it is only natural to celebrate the Annunciation nine months earlier, on 25 March.
Luke tells us how an Angel from God (Gabriel) comes to Mary and tells her that she had been chosen to be the mother of the Christ. Wow, that never ceases to amaze me how in those few lines how the world changes. Mary answers the Angel,” Here I am, the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be to me as you have said." In that electric moment of acceptance by Mary, the Incarnation breaks into this world in a way that we just can't totally understand. The Word became flesh.
The Annunciation is some thing to remember and to remind us that Love once came and lived for us and that same Love also died for us.
The Angel of the Lord announced unto Mary.
And she conceived by the Holy Ghost.
And the Word was made flesh,
And dwelt among us.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Pour Your grace into our hearts, O Lord, that we who have known the Incarnation of Your Son Jesus Christ, announced by an angel to the Virgin Mary, may by His cross and passion be brought to the glory of His resurrection; Who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever . Amen.