Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Annunciation: 25 March 2014

The Annunciation

The Annunciation was  the premier feast of the incarnation in the early history of the church.  Because of it, the modern premier feast of the incarnation, Christmas received its date.    More than likely, the feast of the Annunciation came to be celebrated on this date because Yeshua died on this date, and Messiah must have been conceived on the same day as his death, as Moshe died on the same day he was born. 

This is the day when we celebrate Yeshua’s coming into the world.  He humbled himself to be born for our salvation.  As C.S. Lewis puts it so well, Messiah is like a pearl diver descending to the bottom of the sea, where all is colourless, and dank, and wrests the pearl from the oyster, to bring it into the light where it gleams.  He stooped down beneath us, to lift up us and all creation,

Christmas is nine months from today.

Psalm 40:1-11
or 40:5-10 or Canticle 3 or 15;
Isaiah 7:10-14;
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:26-3

AM: Psalm 85, 87
Isaiah 52:7-12
Hebrews 2:5-10
PM: Psalm 110:1-5(6-7), 132
Wisdom 9:1-12
John 1:9-14
Collect:  We beseech you o Lord, so fill our hearts with your grace that as we have known the incarnation of your son our Lord Yeshua HaMoshiach  by the message of an angel, that so by his cross and passion we may be brought unto the glory of his resurrection.  And what we ask for ourselves, we ask for all those for whom Messiah died, that those who sin against you would come to love you, and that those who love you would be drawn nearer to you. To the glory of God the Father, Amen.  (Blue)

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