Monday, March 24, 2014

The Annunciation

A Feast Day forgotten in our parts. 

And the part of St. Mary seemingly forgotten in the BCP.

Collect for the Annunciation from the BCP:

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

A couple of prayers from  Parish Prayers,  Compiled and edited by Frank Colquhoun

We beseech thee, O God, pour thy grace into our hearts; that, as at the message of an angel, Mary was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, and became the mother of the Lord and the most blessed among women, so we, believing thy word, may receive Christ to dwell in our hearts, and by our life make manifest the mystery of his incarnation; who hath exalted our manhood into the glory of his Godhead, even Jesus Christ our Lord.  Gregorian Sacramentary

O Christ our God incarnate, whose Virgin Mother was blessed in bearing thee, but still more blessed in keeping thy word: Grant us, who honour the exaltation of her lowliness, to follow the example of her devotion to thy will; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end.  William Bright