Here we are friends, kicking off the #AtoZChallenge Catholic style with your resident convert. I will be blogging Catholic through the alphabet for all of April (save Sundays). For my regular readers, some of these topics may be old hat. This is a daily series for everyone – so whether you are Catholic, know one, or want to see through the eyes of one, this is for you! If you want to laugh, grab a bit of inspiration, you’re in the right place too!
Today we will be talking briefly about the Annunciation.
What is it?
The Annunciation, in it’s most digestible format, is the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she would conceive and bear a Son, and that his name would be Jesus.
The Annunciation is also a mystery of the rosary. The first mystery of the Joyful mysteries, in fact. As a Catholic, I pray the rosary – a set of prayers over a string of beads. It’s truly more than that. It is a meditation on the mysteries of Christ’s life, death and resurrection. It’s scriptural, as in every mystery comes right from the Bible. If that sounds singular, as in – all about Jesus, it is, and it isn’t. Mary the Mother of God is also a big part of this. But, as she just reflects Jesus, so too, does the rosary.
Why did I choose to share this particular “A” with you?
Because I love this mystery. It’s one of my favorites – particularly with this painting. Can you imagine what it must have been like for her? To be visited by something ethereal, in a time such as hers, where the normal, every day, was what was expected? The fear? I AM the Mother of Jesus?
“Where is the fear, Cristina because I can’t see it?”
Look at her hands. See how tightly clasped they are. Look at her wide eyes, the tilt of her head. She is leaning away from the angel Gabriel, see the fear now? *shivers*
But what does she say ultimately?
Luke 1: 38
Let it be done unto me according to thy word
And coincidentally my favorite scripture in the whole wide world.
I also chose this as a play on words – I am announcing this series with the Annunciation. Good, right?
Come back tomorrow for a funny look at the letter B. I am blogging my way through the alphabet with others who are doing the same.
Please support the bloggers of the #AtoZchallenge by visiting, sharing or commenting. We have all worked long and hard to prepare these posts, some prepping for a couple of months, as we posted our regular schedule, took care of our children, went to work, had the flu…well, you get the idea.