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Friday, March 25, 2011

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Annunciation Of Our Lord
March 25

(Note: When March 25 falls during Holy Week, the Feast of the Annunciation is moved.  For the year 2013 the feast day is April 8.  For the year 2016 the feast day is April 4.) 

Today is the Solemnity of the Conception of Jesus, also known as the Annunciation when Mary said “yes” to the Lord’s will for her life.  At that moment, by the power of the Holy Spirit the Incarnate God, Jesus, was conceived in the womb of His mother Mary. 

For the next nine months Jesus grew as do all human persons, through the different stages of fetal development.  Not only does science tell us that life begins at conception but the solemnity of the Annunciation is one way in which the Church expresses that life begins at conception.  In many places around the world today is also being celebrated as the International Day of the Unborn Child.

Lord instill in us the sense of the sacredness of every human life so that we will be inspired to care and protect the most venerable:  women who are pregnant, their unborn children, the sick and the elderly. 

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Annunciation - Rogier van der Weyden

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