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The Feast of the Annunciation occurs, fittingly, nine months before the Feast of the Nativity. It signals Gabriel’s visitation to Our Lady, where she would give her fiat (“Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.”), showing Mary’s first cooperation with the Divine Will of God. This feast simultaneously celebrates the Hypostatic Union, for as a result of Mary’s acceptance of the Divine Will, the Holy Ghost overshadowed Mary and brought forth the union of God the son and our humanity in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. From the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia:

The Annunciation is the beginning of Jesus in His human nature. Through His mother He is a member of the human race. If the virginity of Mary before, during, and after the conception of her Divine Son was always considered part of the deposit of faith, this was done only on account of the historical facts and testimonials. The Incarnation of the Son of God did not in itself necessitate this exception from the laws of nature. Only reasons of expediency are given for it, chiefly, the end of the Incarnation. About to found a new generation of the children of God, The Redeemer does not arrive in the way of earthly generations: the power of the Holy Spirit enters the chaste womb of the Virgin, forming the humanity of Christ. Many holy fathers (Sts. Jerome, Cyril, Ephrem, Augustine) say that the consent of Mary was essential to the redemption. It was the will of God, St. Thomas says (Summa III:30), that the redemption of mankind should depend upon the consent of the Virgin Mary. This does not mean that God in His plans was bound by the will of a creature, and that man would not have been redeemed, if Mary had not consented. It only means that the consent of Mary was foreseen from all eternity, and therefore was received as essential into the design of God.

Enjoy prayers in honor of Our Lady’s Annunciation, beginning with the Angelus. The Angelus is special to this today, but is traditionally said each day of the year, at noon.

The Angelus, in Honor of the Feast of the AnnunciationThe Angelus

V. Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae;
R. Et concepit de Spiritu Sancto.

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.

V. Ecce ancilla Domini.
R. Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum.

Ave Maria…

V. Et Verbum caro factum est.
R. Et habitavit in nobis.

Ave Maria…

V. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genetrix.
R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

Oremus: Gratiam tuam, quaesumus, Domine, mentibus nostris infunde; ut qui, Angelo nuntiante, Christi Filii tui incarnationem cognovimus, per passionem eius et crucem, ad resurrectionis gloriam perducamur. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. R. Amen.

V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary;
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen.

V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
R. Be it done unto me according to Thy word.

Hail Mary…

V. And the Word was made flesh:
R. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary…

V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray: Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His passion and cross be brought to the glory of His resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

O Beata Virgo Maria, in Honor of the Feast of the Annunciation

O Beata Virgo Maria, quis tibi digne valeat iura gratiarum ac laudum praeconia rependere, quae singulari tuo assensu, mundo succurristi perdito? Quas tibi laudes fragilitas humani generis persolvat, quae solo tuo commercio recuperandi aditum invenit?

Accipe itaque quascumque exiles, quascumque meritis tuis impares gratiarum actiones, et cum susceperis vota, culpas nostras orando excusa. Admitte nostras preces intra sacrarium exauditionis et reporta nobis antidotum reconciliationis. Sit per te excusabile quod per te ingerimus; fiat impetrabile quod fida mente poscimus.

Accipe quod offerimus, redona quod rogamus, excusa quod timemus, quia Tu es spes unica peccatorum. Per te speramus veniam delictorum et in te, beatissima, nostrorum est expectatio praemiorum. Sancta Maria, succurre miseris; iuva pusillanimes; refove flebiles; ora pro populo; interveni pro clero; intercede pro devoto femineo sexu: sentiant omnes tuum iuvamen, quicumque celebrant tuam sanctam commemorationem.

Assiste parata votis poscentium et reporta nobis optatum effectum. Sint tibi studia assidua orare pro populo Dei, quae meruisti, benedicta, Redemptorem ferre mundi, qui vivit et regnat in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

In English:

O Blessed Virgin Mary, who can worthily repay thee thy just dues of praise and thanksgiving, thou who by the wondrous assent of thy will didst rescue a fallen world? What songs of praise can our weak human nature recite in thy honor, since it is by thy intervention alone that it has found the way to restoration?

Accept, then, such poor thanks as we have here to offer, though they be unequal to thy merits; and, receiving our vows, obtain by thy prayers the remission of our offenses. Carry thou our prayers within the sanctuary of the heavenly audience, and bring forth from it the antidote of our reconciliation. May the sins we bring before Almighty God through thee, become pardonable through thee; may what we ask for with sure confidence, through thee be granted.

Take our offering, grant us our requests, obtain pardon for what we fear, for thou art the sole hope of sinners. Through thee we hope for the remission of our sins, and in thee, O blessed Lady, is our hope of reward. Holy Mary, succor the miserable, help the fainthearted, comfort the sorrowful, pray for thy people, plead for the clergy, intercede for all women consecrated to God; may all who keep thy holy commemoration feel now thy help and protection.

Be thou ever ready to assist us when we pray, and bring back to us the answers to our prayers. Make it thy continual care to pray for the people of God, thou who, blessed by God, didst merit to bear the Redeemer of the world, who liveth and reigneth, world without end. Amen.

A Prayer in Praise of Our Lord and Our Lady, for the Annunciation

O Emmanuel, God with us! Who, as Thy Church says in her Hymn, “being to take upon thee to deliver man, didst not disdain the Virgin’s womb,” the whole human race gives thanks to Thee, on this day, for Thy merciful coming. O Eternal Word of the Father! it was not enough for thee to have drawn man out of nothing, by Thy power; Thine exhaustless love would follow him even to the abyss of misery, into which he had fallen. By sin, man had forfeited the dignity Thou hadst given him; that he might regain it, Thou didst come in person and assume his nature, so to raise him up again to Thyself. In Thee, from this day forward unto all eternity, God is made man, and man is made God. Thy Incarnation is the fulfilment of the promises made in the Canticle; Thou unitest Thyself to human nature, and it is in the virginal womb of a daughter of David that Thou celebratest these ineffable espousals. O incomprehensible humiliation! O ineffable glory! The humiliation is for the Son of God, the glory is for the son of man. Thus hast Thou loved us, O Divine Word! thus hast Thou removed from us the degradation of our fall! The rebel angels fell, and thou didst leave them in the abyss; we fell, and thou hadst mercy on us. A single look of Thy pity would have sufficed to save us; but it would not satisfy Thy love: therefore didst Thou descend into this world of sin, take upon Thyself the form of a slave (Philipp. ii. 7.), and lead a life of humiliation and suffering. O Word made Flesh! Who comest not to judge, but to save (St. John, xii. 47.)! we adore Thee, we praise Thee, we love Thee. Make us worthy of all that Thy love has led Thee to do for us.

We salute thee, O Mary, full of grace, on this the day whereon thou didst receive thy sublime dignity of Mother of God. Thy incomparable purity drew down upon thee the love of the great Creator, and thy humility drew Him into thy womb; His presence within thee increased the holiness of thy spirit and the purity of thy body. What must have been thy happiness in knowing that this Son of God was living by thy life, and was taking from thine own substance the new being, which His love for us induced Him to assume! Between thee and Him is formed that ineffable union which is granted to none else but to thee: He is thy Creator, and thou art His Mother; He is thy Son, and thou art his Creature. Every knee bows down before Him, O Mary! for He is the great God of heaven and earth; but every creature reveres thee, also, for thou hast carried Him in thy womb, thou hast fed him at thy breast; thou alone canst say to him, as does His heavenly Father: Thou art my Son! O Mother of Jesus! thou art the greatest of God’s works: receive the humble homage of mankind, for thou art most dear to us, seeing that thou art of the same flesh and blood as ourselves. Thou art a Daughter of Eve, but without her sin. By thy obedience to the divine decrees, thou savest thy mother and her race; thou restorest Adam and his children to the innocence they had lost. Jesus, Whom thou bearest in thy womb, is our pledge that all these blessings are to be ours; and it is by thee that He comes to us. Without Jesus, we should abide in death; without thee, we should not have had Him to redeem us. It is from thy virginal womb that He receives the precious Blood which is to be our ransom, that Blood whose purity He protected in thy Immaculate Conception, and which becomes the Blood of God by the union, that is consummated in thee, of the Divine with the Human Nature.

Today, O Mary! is fulfilled in thee the promise made by God after Adam’s sin, that he would put enmity between the Woman and the Serpent. Up to this time, the human race had not the courage to resist the enemy; it was subservient to him, and everywhere were altars raised up in his honour; but, on this day, his head is crushed beneath thy foot. Thy humility, thy purity, thy obedience, have conquered him; his tyranny is checked. By thee we are delivered from his sway; and nothing but our own perversity and ingratitude could again give him the mastery. Let not this be, O Mary! Come to our assistance. During this Season of repentance, we humbly acknowledge that we have abused the grace of God; we beseech thee, on this the Feast of thy Annunciation, intercede for us with Him, Who, on this day, became thy Son. Holy Mother of God! by the salutation addressed to thee by the Angel Gabriel, by thy virginal fear, by thy fidelity to God, by thy prudent humility, by thy consent, obtain for us conversion of heart, and sincere repentance; prepare us for the great Mysteries we are about to celebrate. These Mysteries are so full of sorrow to thy maternal heart; and yet thou wouldst have us rejoice on this day, as we think on the ineffable happiness which filled thy soul at the solemn moment when the Holy Ghost overshadowed thee, and the Son of God became thine. Yes, Blessed Mother of Jesus! we will spend the whole of this day near thee, in thy humble dwelling at Nazareth. Nine months hence, we will follow thee to Bethlehem, and there, in company with the Shepherds and the Angels, we will prostrate ourselves in adoration before the InfantGod, our Saviour: we will join our voices with those of the heavenly host, and we will thus express our gladness: Glory be to God in the highest! and peace on earth to men of good will!

Christ Falls for the Third TimeGlory, honor, and praise be to our Lord Jesus Christ; may all the world adore Thee; blessed be Thy Holy Name, Who for us sinners didst vouchsafe to be born of a humble Virgin; and blessed be Thine infinite goodness, Who didst die upon the Cross for our redemption. O Jesus, Son of God and Savior of mankind, we beseech Thee to have mercy on us, and so dispose our lives here by Thy grace, that we may hereafter rejoice with Thee forever in Thy Heavenly Kingdom. Amen.

O Dear Jesus, our blessed Savior and Redeemer, the sweet comforter of all the sad, desolate, and distressed souls: behold Thy poor servants humbly prostrate at the foot of Thy holy Cross, bewailing our miseries, imploring Thy mercy, and beseeching Thee to take pity and compassion upon us in this our present and pressing afflictions, in our infirmities, poverties, temptations, troubles, and all other spiritual or corporeal necessities.

Hear our prayer, O assured refuge of all afflicted, wretched! Behold our tears, consider our sorrows, and remedy our distresses; for finding ourselves encompassed with very grievous calamities, by reason of our great crimes, we knowest not whither to fly for succor, or to whom we may make our moan, but unto Thee, our meek and merciful Savior, with a full hope and confidence that Thou, O living Redeemer, wilt vouchsafe to lend the ears of Thy ordinary pity and accustomed clemency to the humble petition of Thy poor children, and by that sweetness which Thy blessed soul perceived at the time of Thy alliance with our human nature, when resolving with the Father and the Holy Ghost to unite Thy Divine Person to mortal flesh for man’s salvation. Thou didst send Thy Angel to the holy Virgin Mary with those happy tidings, and clothing Thyself with our human nature, didst remain true man for the space of nine months in her sacred womb.

By the anguish Thou didst endure when, the time of Thy designed Passion drawing nigh, Thou didst pray to Thy Eternal Father, that if it might stand with His most Divine Providence, Thou didst desire that the bitter chalice might pass away from Thee; yet concluding with a most perfect act of resignation: Not My will, O heavenly Father, but Thine, be done.

By the outrageous injuries, shameful disgraces, cruel blows, contumelious blasphemies, forged witnesses, false accusations, and unjust judgments which Thou, innocent Lamb! Patiently didst endure; by the shackles which fettered Thy limbs, the tears which flowed from Thine eyes, the Blood which trickled from Thy whole Body; by the fears, sorrows, and sadness of Thy Heart; by the shame Thou didst receive in being stripped of Thy garment, to hang naked on the Cross in the sight of Thy sorrowful Mother and in presence of all the people.

By Thy royal head crowned with thorns and smitten with a reed; by Thy thirst quenched with vinegar and gall; by Thy side opened with a spear, whence issued blood and water, to refresh our souls with that living fountain of Thy love and mercy; by the sharp nails wherewith Thy tender hands and feet were cruelly pierced and fastened to the Cross; by the recommendation of Thy departing Soul to the Heavenly Father, saying, Into Thy hands I commend my spirit; by Thy praying for Thine enemies, saying, O Father, forgive them, for they know what they do; by Thy giving up the ghost when Thou didst cry out with a loud voice, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me? and then bowing down Thy most blessed head, to impart the kiss of peace saidst, It is consummated.

By the great mercy Thou didst show towards the penitent thief, saying, This day thou shalt be with Me in Paradise; by Thy descent into the Limbo of the just, and the joy Thou didst communicate to the souls therein detained; by the glory of Thy triumphant Resurrection, and the consoling apparition Thou frequently didst make for a space of forty days to Thy sacred Virgin Mother, to Thine Apostles, and Thine other chosen friends and servants: by Thine admirable Ascension, when, in the sight of Thy sacred Virgin Mother and Thy Apostles, Thou wast elevated into Heaven; by the miraculous coming down of the Holy Ghost in the form of fiery tongues, whereby Thou didst replenish the hearts of Thy disciples with Thy love, and didst give them strength and courage to plant Thy faith in the whole world; by the dreadful day of general judgment, on which Thou art to pass sentence on all mankind.

By all those sorrows, joys, passions, compassions, and whatsoever else is near and dear to Thee in Heaven and on earth, take pity on us, O compassionate Redeemer; hear our prayers, and grant us that for which now we most humbly and heartily petition Thee.

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Grant us, O gracious Saviour, speedy and efficacious feelings of Thy Divine succor and comfort: Who, according to the accustomed sweetness of Thy tender Heart, art wont to grant the requests of those who really fear and love Thee, even to their own soul’s desire and satisfaction. Bestow on us also, O blessed Lord Jesus, a constant faith, a confident hope, a perfect charity, a cordial contrition, a sincere confession, a competent satisfaction, a diligent custody of myself from future failings, a heroic contempt of the world, a complete conquest of my passions, a zealous imitation of Thy exemplary life and conversation, an entire accomplishment of our vows and duties, an absolute mortification of self-will, a willing readiness to die for Thy love and honor, a final perseverance in grace and good works, a happy departure of our souls out of this world, with senses perfect about us, Thy holy Sacraments to strengthen us, Thyself, O dear Jesus, to comfort us, Thy sacred Virgin Mother, with the Saints, our particular patrons, to pray for us, and our good Angels to conduct us to eternal rest, eternal life, and eternal happiness. Amen.

Prayers in Honor of the Holy Face of Jesus

Prayer of St. Therese of the Child Jesus in Honor of the Holy Face of Christ

Holy Face of Jesus, Prayers for the Conversion of SinnersO Jesus, Who in Thy bitter Passion didst become “the most abject of men, a man of sorrows,” I venerate Thy Sacred Face whereon there once did shine the beauty and sweetness of the Godhead; but now it has become for me as if it were the face of a leper! Nevertheless, under those disfigured features, I recognize Thy infinite Love and I am consumed with with the desire to love Thee and make Thee loved by all men. The tears which well abundantly in Thy sacred eyes appear to me as so many precious pearls that I love to gather up, in order to purchase the souls of poor sinners by means of their infinite value.

O Jesus, Whose adorable Face ravishes my heart, I implore Thee to fix deep within me Thy Divine Image and to set me on fire with Thy Love, that I may be found worthy to come to the contemplation of Thy glorious Face in Heaven. Amen.

A Prayer to the Holy Face for the Conversion of Sinners of St. Therese of Lisieux

Eternal Father, since Thou hast given me for my inheritance the Adorable Face of Thy Divine Son, I offer that face to Thee and I beg Thee, in exchange for this coin of infinite value, to forget the ingratitude of souls dedicated to Thee and to pardon all poor sinners.

O My Redeemer, will that terrible moment ever come when but few shall be left who are inspired by the Spirit of Faith, that moment when Thine indignation shall be provoked and Thy protection shall be taken from us? Have our vices and our evil lives irrevocably moved Thy justice to take vengeance, perhaps this very day, upon Thy children? We beg Thee, the Beginning and the End of faith, with contrite hearts, not to let the light of faith be extinguished in souls. Remember Thy mercies of old, turn Thine eyes in compassion upon the vineyard planted by Thine own right hand, and watered by the tears of the Apostles, by the precious blood of countless martyrs, and made fruitful by the prayers of so many Confessors and innocent Virgins. O Divine Mediator, look upon those zealous souls who raise their hearts to Thee and pray without ceasing for the maintenance of that most precious gift of Thee, the True Faith. Keep us safe in the True Catholic and Roman Faith. Preserve us in Thy Holy Faith, for if we are rich with this precious gift, we shall gladly endure every sorrow and nothing shall ever be able to change our happiness. Without this great treasure of faith, our unhappiness would be unspeakable and without limit. O Good Jesus, Author of our faith, preserve it pure within us; keep us safe in the barque of Peter, faithful and obedient to his successor, and Thy Vicar here on earth, so that the unity of the Holy Church may be maintained, holiness fostered, the Holy See protected in freedom, and the Church universal extended to the benefit of souls. O Jesus, Author of our faith, humble and convert the enemies of Thy Church; grant true peace and concord to all believers; strengthen and preserve us in Thy holy service to the end, that we may live with Thee and die in Thee. O Jesus, Author of our faith, let me live for Thee and die for Thee. Amen.