We thank Thee, O God, for the blessings bestowed upon us through the holy Lady Mary, mother of Jesus, whom thy holy Church hath ever held up unto her people as a bright image of holiness and godly life; and we pray that on this the Festival of her Annunciation there may shine forth within us the light of Gnosis; through Christ our Indwelling Lord. Amen.
The Lesson is taken from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah:
The Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Emanuel. And it shall be said: The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and upon his kingdom, to order it and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.
The Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to St. Luke:
And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said: Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him she was troubled at his saying and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her: Fear not, Mary; for Thou hast found favor with God. And behold, thou shalt bring forth a son and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David. And he shall reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.
A Homily for The Annunciation to Our Lady by Bishop Steven Marshall