Celebrating the Annunciation and Incarnation









Annunciation, Restoring the Liturgy.

A Sunday Solution ?


The Center Point of Time


A thousand years from now historians will point back to this icon above as the icon that moved the liturgy forward into a deeper appreciation and expression of the Solemnity of the Annunciation and the Incarnation.

The Past is the Key to our Future

The Annunciation used to be a holy day of obligation and was celebrated by everyone in the universal Church.  It is worth exploring the possibility of restoring to active participation the laity's role in this rich feast.  The goal of this article is to explore some of the profound mysteries of this event and how it offers to us the answers to many of the challenges presented to us in the world today. We will also examine the opportunity we have to help Catholics better appreciate this most important solemnity.

By its own right it deserves special attention because it is one of the most important feasts of the calendar year.  For example, it is more important than Christmas because strictly speaking Christ could have become incarnated as a grown man and still preached, died and rose from the dead.  Being a baby and being born is not as intrinsically important as being incarnated.

The Incarnation not only implies Christmas, but it also implies the possibility of his death.  And it also implies the resurrection because how could God Almighty lose in a battle with Satan.  Read more about this Solemnity's Importance.

It would also behoove us to examines the feasibility of moving this Solemnity to a Sunday celebration during Lent. 

See Objections Page

It fits perfectly into the season of Lent and it would enhance our observance of Lent by reflecting on the two most perfect examples who sacrificed worldly pleasures to do the will of our heavenly Father.  And Jesus and Mary give us the perfect reason for their choice which was out of pure love for the Father.

A New Evangelization :
A time to change, and a time to grow

Pope John Paul II called for a new evangelization for the third millennium. He invited the whole Church to focus on the 2000th anniversary of the coming of the Messiah.  Surely, Karol Wojtyła (John Paul II), is in heaven praying for us to grow in our appreciation of that historic event. 

In obedience to John Paul II’s call for a renewed evangelization Monsignor Anthony LaFemina painted the above Icon. (He also painted one on the Eucharist, which was a theme of the year 2000.)

We are in a SpringTime of a new evangelization.  And the goal of this web page is to offer suggestions on how we can 
 ... Tap into that Power.

The mysteries of the Annunciation and Incarnation are like dynamite waiting for us to tap into their awesome power. They offer us the opportunity to grow much more deeply in love with God by meditating on them because they are like spiritual goldmines.

 John 3:16    “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son …”

Questions to Consider:

1. How important is the Annunciation/Incarnation and what are the spiritual fruits that can be drawn from it ?

2. What would be the benefits of moving the celebration of the Solemnity of the Annunciation to a Sunday observance, whereas now it is only celebrated on a weekday ? 

3. And what are the obstacles and objections to the proposal of moving this Solemnity to a Sunday - and can they be overcome ?



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Thanks to Rev. Fr. René Butler, M.S., for his help in research. 


Original Feb 2007
January 1, 2013

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Introduction –

Pope John Paul II invited us to enter a new Spring-Time of evangelization which focuses on the coming of the Messiah.

The Importance of the Solemnity of the Annunciation/Incarnation

Pope Benedict XVI
The coming of the Messiah, foretold by the Prophets, is qualitatively the most important event of all history, on which it confers its ultimate and full meaning. It is not historical and political coordinates that condition God's choice, but on the contrary, the event of the Incarnation that “fills” history with value and meaning. (Homily of December 31, 2006)

The Incarnation is the turning point in all of human history. (BC to AD)  It is the event over which Satan rebelled against God and was cast into the eternal fire.

Benefits of Increasing our Emphasis on the Annunciation/Incarnation:

1. Pro-Life Benefits

The Annunciation is the perfect opportunity to promote the most fundamental truth upon which all Pro-Life ideas are based.  It is the ONLY feast in the year that un-mistakenly clarifies when human life begins.  It also points to the fact that Life is good,  holy and worthy of respect.

2. Increase the Foundation for Marian Devotion

We honor Mary precisely because she is united to Christ.  And this solemnity shows how intrinsically she is united to God and His plan for our salvation.

3. Celebrating a Better Lent

This Solemnity of the Annunciation / Incarnation enhances our understanding and participation in making our Lenten sacrifices to God.  Instead of just giving external things to God, God desires to have a deeply personal relationship with each of us. Jesus and Mary gave us perfect examples of how we should give our very selves to God.

4. Celebrating a Better Easter

This feast offers us a perfect opportunity to reflect on how Jesus' coming into the world was the most decisive turning point in all of human history.  It is the perfect opportunity for the catechumens to reflect on the significance of Jesus Christ coming into their world, and into their lives, as they contemplate the changes that only He can bring.


Possible Solution ?
How do we proclaim this powerful message to the greatest number of Catholics ?

Pope Benedict XVI  

“This is why the Annunciation is a Christological feast as well, because it celebrates a central mystery of Christ: the Incarnation.”   (BENEDICT XVI    ANGELUS  on 25 March 2007)

Currently in the Latin Rite the Solemnity of the Annunciation – recognized as a Marian feast – 
is always pushed to a weekday celebration because it is “outranked” by the Christological feasts of Lent and Easter.  However, if we recognize it as the Incarnation as well as the Annunciation its Christological aspect is apparent as Pope Benedict XVI points out above. 

 I suggest that Catholic communities, in recognition of the Church's teachings on the Incarnation place more emphasis on it.  Perhaps the Church would consider adding a feast honoring this event to her calendar and place it on the same day as the Annunciation.  I believe this would be completely consistent with the model passed down to us by the early church.  Read more on early church.

A solution for consideration would be to celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation/Incarnation every year on the Sunday closest to March 25.   However if the closest Sunday is Passion (Palm) Sunday or Easter Sunday, then the Solemnity would be celebrated on the Sunday following Easter and so Divine Mercy Sunday would be pushed forward one week. 

Proposed new Name for this Solemnity :

The Annunciation to the Virgin Mary and
the Conception of Christ

Or abbreviated as Annunciation and Conception

 orAnnunciation and Incarnation

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