Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Annunciation (March 25)

"Can you imagine today a 15-year-old girl from Fox Point telling her parents that she was pregnant but didn't have sex? And, that she was pregnant with the Son of God?" Father McCaffrey asked us one Saturday afternoon during Mass at St. Joseph's Church in Providence.
It was the Annunciation, a Feast of Solemnity in the Roman Catholic Church. And, I think it was supposed to get us thinking about how Mary must have felt telling her parents that she had a visit from an angel.
March 25 was when the Gabriel the Archangel appeared to Mary and told her she would give birth to the Son of God and to name the baby Jesus.
"The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God."
According to the Bible, this happened during the sixth month of pregnancy of Mary's cousin Elizabeth who was carrying John the Baptist.

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