March 25, 2020
March 25, 2020
The Solemnity of the Annunciation

Dear Friends,

The angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary in Nazareth, and declared good news to her: "The Lord is with you" (Luke 1:28). The presence of the Living God enabled Mary to say 'yes' to the divine plan. She would conceive and bear a son, and his name would be Jesus. God's message is sent to us in our own time and place: "The Lord is with you!" May the presence of our loving God encourage you, enliven you, and empower you to say 'yes' to whatever God may ask you to do today.


Click here to participate in the Mass which is celebrated in our Daily Mass Chapel. March 25th is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, and we are grateful for the opportunity to pray together in communion with Mary and all the saints. Since Wednesday is typically the day when our school children gather for Mass at 9:00 AM, Fr. Mike's homily is designed to speak to the hearts of children of all ages! To read the text of Fr. Mike's homily, click here.


The parish offices will be open from 9 AM to 3 PM on Thursday. If at all possible, please contact staff members by phone or email. Our staff is always available by phone to respond to emergencies. The parish church will be open for personal prayer between 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM on Thursday. Please enter the building through the LOWER LEVEL entrance and check in with the receptionist.


Today's feast focuses on the encounter between the angel Gabriel and the Virgin Mary. The angel's greeting ("Hail! Full of grace. The Lord is with you") forms the foundation of the "Hail, Mary" prayer that we have treasured for centuries. This prayer is also used in the "Angelus" prayer that is traditionally prayed at noon (and other key points of the day).

The "Angelus" has been set to music countless times, and a 20th century German musician named Franz Biebl composed a magnificent setting of the "Angelus" which is perfect for today's feast. Click the link below to listen to Beibl's composition as it is sung by Chanticleer. ( Chanticleer has visited St. Mary's Church twice in the past 7 years, and performed this piece in our own worship space.)

Here is the text of the "Angelus" prayer:

The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary,
Full of Grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now,
and at the hour of our death.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord,
Be it done unto me according to your 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.  Pour forth, we beseech you, O Lord, your grace into our hearts: that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ your Son was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of his Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

In Christ,

Fr. Michael A. Renninger
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