Christmas in March

Solemnity of the Annunciation
March 25, 2011 – Mass 8:30am
No abstinence from meat!
If Jesus was born on December 25, then he was conceived nine months earlier. And that’s why the Church singles out March 25 as the Solemnity of the Annunciation – the day when Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel. As any mother can tell you, although a child’s birthday is the day that the world gets to see him in person for the first time, her baby was alive in her womb long before he was born! Jesus became incarnate in Mary’s womb at the Annunciation. God became man on March 25, not December 25. Let’s celebrate at Mass! And since the Solemnity falls on a Friday, the feast of a Solemnity is celebrated rather than the abstinence of a Lenten Friday. You can eat meat and celebrate the incarnation of Jesus!