25/3: Feast of the Annunciation…

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As with all Feast Day threads, discuss any relevant issues, share your favourite hymns, prayers and – as ever – your best jokes, of the good clean fun variety!

A very happy Feast of the Annunciation to all our bloggers and readers.  

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  1. On major Feasts it’s customary/permitted to dispense with Lenten penances which involve food – as the following sufferer will be delighted to know…

      • Margaret,

        If you’d just chosen the Feasts in Lent (St Patrick St Joseph, Annunciation), that wouldn’t be breaking Lent. We’re allowed wee breaks in penances to mark great Feasts.

        In fact, I once heard a story about a Bishop visiting a convent of nuns, and he brought them a large tub of ice-cream. Immediately the Prioress frowned slightly and reminded him that it was Lent… to which the Bishop replied “But, Mother, we need these little breaks in Lent!”

        Happy Feast!

        • IIRC, I broke it twice at work, which disqualifies the Feast of the Annunciation since I always took the day off.

          Also, on the Byzantine & Ukrainian Greek Catholic calendar, Mar. 17th is the Feast of St. Alexis, the Man of God and Our Holy Father Patrick, Enlightener (i.e. Baptizer) of Ireland. Baptism is also called the Sacrament/Mystery of Enlightenment because it fills the soul with the Light and Life of God. The term “Enlightenment” was expropriated by Protestant historians to describe the 17th & 18th centuries. We need to reclaim the proper use of the term.

          Since St. Patrick brought the Faith to Ireland, he is therefore the Enlightener of Ireland.

          Finally, we have the Feast of St. Joseph (as well as King David and St. James) is the Sunday after the Nativity of Our Lord. So we have to wait 9 months to celebrate his feast (provided this crisis ends).

      • That’s one of my late father’s jokes to me. He’d tease me like that occasionally. He always had a good sense of humor.

        It was meant to be funny but then again I’m not good at telling jokes. If I hurt your feelings please forgive me.

        • Margaret,

          Not at all – of course you didn’t hurt my feelings. I took the joke in good part. Believe me, I’m getting to the stage where I’m only too glad that someone, anyone, is still speaking to me, so hurt my feelings all you like, just talk to me or (more accurately, since we’re bloggers) write to me 😀

  2. I once read that on the Feast of the Assumption (15 August), numberless souls are released into heaven from purgatory.

    Happy Feast of the Annunciation to all!

    • Catherine,

      That’s lovely – I have never heard that before.

      Now, I’ll not only be praying for a happy death, but that it comes on 24th March!

      Seriously, I wouldn’t be surprised – Our Lady has such power in Heaven and does attend to the Holy Souls, according to the book I’m reading on Purgatory right now, so that makes sense.

      Happy Feast!

  3. A dear American friend of Italian extraction always got a phone call from ifs Momma on Ash Wednesday reminding him Lent was on its way.
    She always asked “What are you giving up for Lent”
    One year he replied “Pasta”
    After a long pause she said “Are you crazy? surely there must be something else?

    Not up to our editors standard I know, but it passes the cleanliness test.
    Happy feast day in Quarantine.
    Btw is that Quarantine place anywhere near Jeopardy – you that place where all the jobs are?

  4. Just a reminder to make the Consecration to Our Lady tomorrow on the Feast of the Annunciation, 25th March. As you know, [Pope] John Paul II, dedicated the feast day of the Annunciation as the International Day of the Unborn Child, so it is an even more special day for us, who continue to fight to the end for the rights of the unborn – that they simply to be allowed to live.

    There is a very short consecration prayer I like :

    ‘I choose you today, Mary, in the presence of the angels and the saints of Heaven for my Mother and my Queen. I consecrate to you

    in obedience and love, all I am, all I have and all the good I may do, putting myself and all that belongs to me entirely at your

    service, for the greater glory of God in time and in eternity. Amen.’ Louis Marie de Montfort

    And on Sunday 29th March, we rededicate our country to Our Lady. All details of this are on the Walsingham website.

    With love and prayers from my little ‘church at home’ to you and yours!

    God bless.

  5. Thank you Wendy.

    Today is the day when the Requiem Mass for pro-life hero Ted Atkinson’ was scheduled to take place in his parish church, the Mass offered by a priest of the SSPX.

    However, due to the current restrictions, there will only be a funeral service led by an SSPX priest, with Father Brucciani, District Superior, offering Mass at the same time. Deo gratias.

    And please note – Iain Colquhoun, the kind reader, close friend of Ted’s, who passed on this information this morning, celebrates his 78th birthday today! Happy Birthday Iain!

    • Dear Madame Editor,

      Today is also 29 years since +Lefebvre passed away (he died 25 March 1991). Given the fact that he was devoted to Our Lady and the Incarnation, it seems very appropriate that God took him on this magnificent Feast.

      Today is the fountainhead of our salvation and the revelation of an eternal mystery: the Son of God becomes the Virgin’s Son, and Gabriel announces this grace. Wherefore let us with full voice exclaim with him to her: Hail, Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.

      Troparion for the Feast of the Annunciation of Our Most Holy Queen, the Mother of God and Ever-Virgin Mary, Tone 4

      Yours in Christ the King,

      Margaret 🇺🇸

    • Wonderful Ted Atkinson. This is a perfect day to be laid to rest. May he rest in peace.

      Happy birthday Iain!

  6. Happy Feast Day to all.

    A favourite hymn of mine is O Sanctissima; in this video it is combined with a small section of the movie Song of Bernadette.

    • Theresa Rose,

      Thank you for that lovely clip.

      One of my brothers sent me a comical clip earlier but it’s not on YouTube (or if it is, I can’t find it) – it is very funny. Here’s the story…

      There are a range of groceries laid out on a table, with a man’s voice saying he had gone to Sainsbury’s but had to go outside and ask some shoppers if they would give him some food, since the shelves are empty. They say, “sure, no problem” (words to that effect) and then he starts pointing out that he managed to get some bread, some beans, etc Amazing… Points to the various items… with a gun! Hilarious!

      If anyone else can locate it on YouTube, please post it. It’s very funny.

    • Therese,

      I just saw this on YouTube! Thank you for posting it.

      I hope you’re better now. You were missed very much here on CT!

      Margaret

  7. Our Blessed Lady and St Joseph please make this the day that the tide turns for us in regards to the coronavirus. So many babies are lost by abortion so please let us hold our lovely grandaughter, our gift from God and you Our Blessed Mother, in our arms soon again. To watch her only through facetime is heartbreaking. (wiping tears from my eyes now).

    • Frankier,

      My sincere sympathy to you – that’s heartbreaking. I’m already missing my 7 year old Great Niece, but at least I’ve had 7 years of hugs from her! Hopefully, this will all be over sooner than at present anticipated, and we can return to normal again. Well, the rest of you can return to normal. Me, I need to get there first 😀

      • Editor

        Thanks for your kind words. We are absolutely devastated.

        To think that planned parenthood (lower case intended) are allowed to carry on with their slaughter
        makes it all the more frightening.

        • Frankier,

          So true about the abortion clinics remaining open – at Wendy’s prompting I emailed the UK Prime Minister and Health Secretary to point out this anomaly, that while other businesses are being instructed to close down, these murderous places are being allowed to continue their evil work. I posted it on the Coronavirus Political etc thread.

          God bless.

  8. I had a call earlier from a reader who passed on the news that the Lady of Medjugorje has said in her latest message today that if everyone prays three Our Fathers today at 3pm, that will (more or less) be the end of the Coronavirus.

    As our reader pointed out, this clashes somewhat with the Pope’s request to pray with him around 6pm (I’m only passing on the message, not checked it all out).

    Interesting times, folks. Interesting times…

    • Editor,

      Hopefully those three Our Fathers will be the end of the “lady” of Medjugorje as well…

    • If the Pope encouraged a Rosary Crusade and consecrated Russia to Our Lady`s Immaculate Heart
      I firmly believe an end would come soon.

      What power he has and yet won`t use it.

      It only takes ten seconds to say a quiet Hail Mary. Fifty people in a Church could say the full rosary in ten seconds.

      The priest could always chip in with the Our Fathers and Glory Be`s.

      • The Pope ***in union with all the bishops of the world*** must consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. No pope from Pius XI to the present has done it exactly as Our Lady said.

        Today 25 March is 36 years since PJPII consecrated the world – NOT Russia! – to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Nor did all the bishops participate.

        Pius XII consecrated Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary BUT WITHOUT ALL the bishops.

  9. A happy Feast day everyone!

    I just love that video of the Ave Maria, with the beautiful painting representing Our Lady – it’s all spectacular.

    I also like this short reflection on the Ave Maria – it’s in English. I hope others like it, as well.

  10. Sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to this thread for the Feast of the Annunciation. Our Lady is bound to be very pleased at the many loving tributes. Thank you all.

    The thread is now closed to comments.

    God bless!

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