1917 Fast Observance Today: None. Enjoy all three meals, if you’d like, in celebration of the Annunciation.
1917 Abstinence Observance Today: None. Enjoy eating meat today, if you’d like, in celebration of the Annunciation.
Potential Prayer: The Joyful Mysteries Rosary
Potential Give: Like Mary, accept the Word of God into your life and let it change you, without reservation.
Comments of the Day: Today we do not fast or abstain, because today we celebrate the day that changed humanity (and world history – B.C./A.D. for starters?) forever; the day the Word of God began to germinate through humanity; the day the Word became flesh; the day Mary becomes the spouse of the Holy Spirit; the day that the new Adam and new Eve were conceived; the day God entered humanity, and the infinite entered and united with the finite; the day Mary became the Theotokos, the Mother of God, the Mother of the Church, the Mystical Body of Christ, the Queen of the Universe and the Kingdom that has no end; the day Mary became Mother to us all.
This event is the event of all events, the one so pre-eminently above all others, that it is the only part of the Nicene Creed we genuflect or profoundly bow at, when we say, “And by the power of the Holy Spirit, He was incarnate of the Virgin Mary and became man.
The Apostles and early disciples of Christ held Mary is such high veneration for her Fiat, her yes, her meaning to all our salvation, that she sat not far outside the Blessed Trinity; not in the form of worship, but in highest honor; the term afforded Mary and Mary alone is “hyperdulia.”
Hyperdulia is the second of three terms Catholics use to express worship vis-à-vis honor – see below.
Latria = praise and worship given to God alone by all.
Hyperdulia = subordinated to Latria, but stands for special veneration accorded to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Dulia = less than hyperdulia, but veneration accorded to the saints by the faithful
In the Great Compline of the Annunciation, the Byzantine Catholic liturgy says: “God is come among men; He who cannot be contained is contained in a womb. The timeless enters time.”
May we thank God today for the Annunciation and joyful celebrate the new life we have all received in Christ as a result of Mary’s yes!