Welcome to Lent!!
(If you’re coming into this brand new, you might want to check out my first post in this series, so you don’t mistake this for any sort of ‘proper’ Lenten observance.)
The Annunciation of the Lord.
Full disclosure: I have no idea why the Annunciation of the Lord is dropped smack into the middle of Lent.
No argument that this is a critical piece of the plan of salvation … but it happened some 33 years before the events that Lent and Easter commemorate.
Nonetheless, it’s well worth commemorating. Perhaps that is reason enough!
I do really like the selections for today – how the Gospel selection circles back all the way to the Isaiah, while the Psalm and the selection from Hebrews explain why the announcements in Isaiah are so important.
And I LOVE the prayers for today!
LOVE the names used in the intercessory prayer, like
‘Ever Surprising One’
and ‘God of Impossibilities’!
Still not all that big on the ART, but once again the image from JESUS MAFA has captured my heart!
Now, I realise it’s probably not all that much more accurate a depiction of Mary than the weird European depictions of Jesus as a white guy, and maybe not even an accurate depiction of Gabriel (who knows??) but it just has a much more realistic feel about it.
Mary wasn’t exactly your Cathedral dwelling kind of girl, after all. She was MUCH more likely stirring something on the cook fire, or gathering wood, when Gabriel dropped in, and it’s neat to see the reminder of that.
If you are making use of the week‘s Lectionary verses, here they are all in one place.
And if you want check them out on their own:
The next Lent Post will be… TOMORROW! Sunday, 26 March.
¹ JESUS MAFA. The Annunciation – Gabriel and Mary, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=48278 [retrieved March 20, 2017].