The Collect: WE beseech you, O Lord, pour your grace into our hearts; that, as we have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel, so by his cross and passion we may be brought unto the glory of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Readings: Isaiah 7:10-15; Psalm 113; Romans 5:12-19; Luke 1:26-38
Today we step aside from the season of Lent to celebrate the “annunciation” – the announcement from the angel Gabriel to Mary that she was chosen to bear the Christ in her womb, fulfilling prophesies such as “the virgin will give birth,” as in the Old Testament reading. With the Epistle reading teaching us about the contrast between Adam and Jesus (the old and new man), we are invited to consider not only the “second Adam” concept for Jesus, but also a “second Eve” concept for Mary. And so, as the Collect expresses, we rejoice with Mary in the work of salvation that Christ has accomplished, including even the details of raising up the poor from and exalting the needy as he did for his blessed mother, Mary.