we celebrate the Feast of The Blessed Virgin Mary with Services at 10am at both churches
We see so little, stayed on surfaces,
We calculate the outsides of all things,
Preoccupied with our own purposes
We miss the shimmer of the angels’ wings,
They coruscate around us in their joy
A swirl of wheels and eyes and wings unfurled,
They guard the good we purpose to destroy,
A hidden blaze of glory in God’s world.
But on this day a young girl stopped to see
With open eyes and heart. She heard the voice;
The promise of His glory yet to be,
As time stood still for her to make a choice;
Gabriel knelt and not a feather stirred,
The Word himself was waiting on her word.
Why not pray with Mary this week?
V The Angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary:
R And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
V Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R Be it unto me according to thy word.
V And the Word was made flesh
R And dwelt among us.
V Pray for us O holy Mother of God.
R That we may be made worthy
of the promises of Christ.
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 to the glory of his Resurrection, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.