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Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary - 25 March

Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – 25 March
Psalm 131
Domine, non est
LORD, I am not high-minded : I have no proud looks.
2. I do not exercise myself in great matters : which are too high for me.
3. But I refrain my soul, and keep it low, like as a child that is weaned from his mother : yea, my soul is even as a weaned child.
4. O Israel, trust in the Lord : from this time forth for evermore.

The Collect
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.

Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 7.10-15
Psalter: Psalm 8, 113 | 111, 138
Epistle Reading: [Hebrews 2.5-18]
Gospel Reading: St. Luke 1.26-38

Massey Hamilton Shepherd, Jr.: “The liturgical observance of the Feast of the Annunciation cannot be traced earlier than the seventh century, though as early as the third century March 25th had been determined as the date of the Annunciation by Christian Chronographers. ( . . . ) Cranmer took this Collect from the post-communion Collect of the Latin Mass for this day, which passed from the Gregorian Sacramentary into the Sarum Missal. It is admirably chosen because it links the theme of the Christmas cycle feasts, to whiuch the Annunciation belongs, to the themes of Passiontide and Easter, the seasons when Annunciation so commonly occurs” (“The Oxford American Prayer Book Commentary,” 235-6).

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