Happy Annunciation Day

Today is the holy-day set aside to commemorate when the Second Person of the Trinity was conceived by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary. Go here for some fine celebratory material, including YouTubes of Bach performances in which the composer pours out his creativity to celebrate the Incarnation: CyberBrethren-A Lutheran Blog: The Annunciation of Our Lord.

It’s a good day too to reflect on the personhood of the unborn child, with Christ going through the whole process of human development beginning at the moment of His conception.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ThomasMoore ThomasMoore

    It is a good day to do this–but it is a little weird doing this during Lent: remembering the Incarnation when we are coming up to His Passion and Resurrection.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/ThomasMoore ThomasMoore

    It is a good day to do this–but it is a little weird doing this during Lent: remembering the Incarnation when we are coming up to His Passion and Resurrection.

  • Joe

    I agree Thomas – its seems kind of odd. But still, it is good to rejoice at this.

  • Joe

    I agree Thomas – its seems kind of odd. But still, it is good to rejoice at this.

  • Booklover

    Wonderful. Joyful. Uplifting. Thank you, and thank you to the Fifth Evangelist.

  • Booklover

    Wonderful. Joyful. Uplifting. Thank you, and thank you to the Fifth Evangelist.

  • JonSLC

    March 25 as the commemoration of the annunciation — correct me if I'm wrong — nine months before Christmas, right? Can't fault the logic, I guess!

    As a preacher, I'm intrigued by the possibilities these minor festivals offer by the way they coincide with other parts of the church year. Noting the incarnation during Lent? It does seem odd, but maybe this festival provides us with new perspectives on Christ's battles against Satan and his suffering. For instance, this reminds of me Simeon's dark words to Mary, "A sword will pierce your own soul, too." The shadow of the cross is already extending over the infant Jesus. Marking the annunciation now reminds me that the cross was in the future even for the preborn Jesus. The beginning and the end of his state of humiliation are linked.

    For a related but inverted confluence, take note of St. Stephen's Day coming on the day after Christmas. That's a dark theme coming in the middle of a festive season. The annunciation is a festive event coming in a darker season.

    Granted, I'm a liturgical nerd, but I think the church year offers many cool opportunities for meditation.

  • JonSLC

    March 25 as the commemoration of the annunciation — correct me if I'm wrong — nine months before Christmas, right? Can't fault the logic, I guess!

    As a preacher, I'm intrigued by the possibilities these minor festivals offer by the way they coincide with other parts of the church year. Noting the incarnation during Lent? It does seem odd, but maybe this festival provides us with new perspectives on Christ's battles against Satan and his suffering. For instance, this reminds of me Simeon's dark words to Mary, "A sword will pierce your own soul, too." The shadow of the cross is already extending over the infant Jesus. Marking the annunciation now reminds me that the cross was in the future even for the preborn Jesus. The beginning and the end of his state of humiliation are linked.

    For a related but inverted confluence, take note of St. Stephen's Day coming on the day after Christmas. That's a dark theme coming in the middle of a festive season. The annunciation is a festive event coming in a darker season.

    Granted, I'm a liturgical nerd, but I think the church year offers many cool opportunities for meditation.

  • wcwirla

    Incarnation, death, resurrection, ascension. It's all a packaged deal. Thankfully, God isn't troubled by our liturgical calendars. We'll sing an Annunciation hymn at our mid-week Lenten Divine Service. Such joy!

  • wcwirla

    Incarnation, death, resurrection, ascension. It's all a packaged deal. Thankfully, God isn't troubled by our liturgical calendars. We'll sing an Annunciation hymn at our mid-week Lenten Divine Service. Such joy!

  • Booklover

    Thank you, liturgical nerd!

  • Booklover

    Thank you, liturgical nerd!

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/fws fws

    great! the church calendar and liturgical rhythm are doing exactly what they do at their best, they break though the idea that our common faith is anything less than "wierd".

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/fws fws

    great! the church calendar and liturgical rhythm are doing exactly what they do at their best, they break though the idea that our common faith is anything less than "wierd".

  • Rose

    Much sacred music can be played either in Advent or Lent.
    For example, "Wondrous Love" which I'm playing Sunday.
    "What wondrous love is this, O my soul….."

  • Rose

    Much sacred music can be played either in Advent or Lent.
    For example, "Wondrous Love" which I'm playing Sunday.
    "What wondrous love is this, O my soul….."

  • Rose

    Ed Veith,
    I think you have a book in you, "Reclaiming Christian Holidays."
    I'm planning a Christian Mardi Gras next year.
    Carnival= 'farewell to the flesh', whether it be carnal pleasures or meat.

  • Rose

    Ed Veith,
    I think you have a book in you, "Reclaiming Christian Holidays."
    I'm planning a Christian Mardi Gras next year.
    Carnival= 'farewell to the flesh', whether it be carnal pleasures or meat.

  • JonSLC

    "When I was sinking down, Christ laid aside his crown For my soul…" Great observation, Rose! The crown was being laid aside both in his humble birth and later in his willing suffering. We stand in awe of this wondrous love during both seasons.

  • JonSLC

    "When I was sinking down, Christ laid aside his crown For my soul…" Great observation, Rose! The crown was being laid aside both in his humble birth and later in his willing suffering. We stand in awe of this wondrous love during both seasons.


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