Today we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation! For those of you unfamiliar, we celebrate on this day, March 25, the visitation of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary as he announced to her that God has chosen her to become the mother of His Son.
Her response? "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word."
-From Luke 1
And with those simple words, through her willingness to carry Christ our Savior in her own womb, she made Salvation available to us! It is through the Incarnation of Christ, which we celebrate being announced today, that all of creation is once again able to enter into the divine life of love and communion with God! We owe so much to the blessed young girl who said "YES" to God so many years ago, and by so doing, made again possible for us the life we were created to have! --A life defined and characterized by our love and union with God and with our neighbors! Glory to God!
Here is the icon of the feast depicting the scene. (I decorated this one last night for the HC Chapel, sorry it's a little blurry I had to take the picture quickly before the icon was taken into the alter.)
I chose the yellow Mums because we are in great anticipation of the Resurrection of Christ here is just over a week, but yet, because we are still in Lent and are thus repentant with a joyful sorrow, I added in the customary purple.
May each of you have a blessed Feast of the Annunciation today, and just as the Mother of God has exemplified for us, may we ourselves say "YES" to God in each and every moment of our lives in choosing to live in relationships of love and communion with Him and with all of creation!
Oh, and PS.. Happy Greek Independence Day!!