Monday, March 23, 2015

Annunciation to St. Mary (March 25 and 3rd Sunday after Koodos Eetho in November)

Archangel Gabriel announcing the Lord to Mary

Annunciation to St. Mary (25th March)
    • Description
We celebrate the Feast of Annunciation to St. Mary twice a year, on the 3rd Sunday after Koodhosh Eetho (Sanctification of Church) and on March 25th. Holy Qurbana must be celebrated on this day even if it comes during the Great Lent, during the Passion Week or on Good Friday. (The Holy Eucharist is not celebrated during the Great Lent days except all Saturdays and Sundays, Wednesday of Mid-Lent, 40th Friday, and Maundy Thursday during the Passion week.)

The mere fact that we celebrate Holy Qurbana even on Good Friday, if the feast of Annunciation falls on Good Friday, tells of the importance of this feast. Of all the messages God has sent to this world through His angels and prophets, this one stands out in that annunciation was the beginning of fulfillment of everything that was pre-figured in the Old Testament - waiting for the Messiah is over, salvation is at hand. Regaining of the lost paradise is ever closer for all mankind starting with Adam.
    • Evening
Halleluiah.. Halleluiah.. He shall come down like rain upon the fleece; and as showers falling gently upon the earth.. Halleluiah.. (Psalm 72:6)
Halleluiah.. Halleluiah.. He inclined the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet.. Halleluiah.. (Psalm 18:9)

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