March 25, 2019
The Annunciation of the Lord
Heavenly Father, You have revealed the beauty of Your divine power by blessing the Virgin Mary and making her the Mother of Our Savior. May we all strive to be more like Your Son who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
“Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end.”
But Mary said to the angel,
“How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?”
And the angel said to her in reply,
“The Holy Spirit will come upon you,
and the power of the Most High will overshadow you.
Therefore the child to be born
will be called holy, the Son of God.
And behold, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God.”
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
Then the angel departed from her.
This week the Oblates in Romania are praying for you.
Two of the Oblate priests in Romania, Fr. Damiean Cimpoesu, O.M.I. and Fr. Lucian Bosoi, O.M.I. organize youth events throughout the year, particularly in the summer. These programs allow local children to take part in both recreational and spiritual programs. Helping to run these youth activities are teenagers who come from Oblate parishes throughout Europe. “These young people come to Romania to work with the Oblate priests and to live out the charism of our founder, St. Eugene De Mazenod,” said Fr. Cimpoesu. “They come with a wonderful desire to express their faith, particularly by working with the children, all the while living together in times of closeness, prayer and work.”
Our Lady of the Snows Votive Candle
When a Votive Candle is lit, the flame and smoke represent prayers being lifted up to Heaven. This wonderful devotion has been part of our faith for centuries. At the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, Votive Candles are lit for persons in need of healing.