Saturday, March 24, 2012


Because March 25th falls on a Lenten Sunday in Passiontide, the Annunciation is transferred to Monday March 26th. I wonder if this means Christmas Day will be on Wednesday, December 26th this year? We are celebrating the Annunciation with our combined Choirs once again singing Schubert's Mass in G. The Extraordinary Form Solemn Sung High Mass will be at 7:00 PM. We will have deacon and subdeacon. Fr. Dawid will act as the deacon and will chant the Gospel in Latin. Please join us, Monday, March 26, 2012 at 7:00 PM. The following is an English translation (unofficial) of this Mass:

Psalm 44. 13, 15, 16 INTROIT

All the rich among the people shall entreat
Thy countenance: after her shall virgins be
brought to the King: her neighbors shall
be brought to thee in gladness and rejoicing.
[Alleluia, alleluia.] Ps. My heart hath
uttered a good word: I speak my works to
the King. V. Glory be to the Father.


O God, who didst will that Thy Word
should take flesh, at the message of an
Angel, in the womb of the Blessed Virgin
Mary, grant to Thy suppliant people, that
we who believe her to be truly the Mother
of God, may be helped by her intercession
with Thee. Through the same our Lord.

Isaias 7. 10-15 EPISTLE

In those days the Lord spoke to Achaz,
saying: Ask thee a sign of the Lord thy
God, either unto the depth of hell, or unto
the height above. And Achaz said: I will
not ask, and I will not tempt the Lord.
And He said: hear ye therefore, O house
of David: Is it a small thing for you to be
grievous to men, that you are grievous to
my God also? Therefore the Lord Himself
shall give you a sign. Behold a Virgin shall
conceive and bear a Son, and His Name
shall be called Emmanuel. He shall eat
butter and honey, that He may know to
refuse the evil, and to choose the good.

Psalm 44. 3, 5 GRADUAL

Grace is poured abroad in thy lips; therefore
hath God blessed thee forever. V.
Because of truth and meekness, and justice;
and thy right hand shall conduct thee

Psalm 44. 11, 12 TRACT

Hearken, O daughter, and see, incline thy
ear: for the King hath greatly desired thy
beauty. V. All the rich among the people
shall entreat thy countenance: the daughters
of kings in thine honor. V. After her
shall virgins be brought to the King: her
companions shall be brought to thee. V.
They shall be brought with gladness and
rejoicing: they shall be brought into the
temple of the King.

Luke 1. 26-28 GOSPEL

At that time the Angel Gabriel was sent
from God into a city of Galilee, called
Nazareth, to a virgin, espoused to a man
whose name was Joseph, of the house of
David, and the virgin's name was Mary.
And the Angel being come in, said unto
her: Hail, full of grace: the Lord is with
thee: Blessed art thou among women.
Who having heard, was troubled at his
saying: and thought within herself what
manner of salutation this should be. And
the Angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for
thou hast found grace with God: behold
thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt
bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His
Name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be
called the Son of the Most High, and the
Lord God shall give unto Him the throne
of David His father: and He shall reign in
the house of Jacob for ever, and of His
kingdom there shall be no end. And Mary
said to the Angel: How shall this be done,
because I know not man? And the Angel
answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost
shall come upon thee, and the power of
the Most High shall overshadow thee. And
therefore also the Holy which shall be
born of thee, shall be called the Son of
God. And behold thy cousin Elizabeth,
she also hath conceived a son in her old
age: and this is the sixth month with her
that is called barren: because no word shall
be impossible with God. And Mary said:
Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it
done to me according to thy word.


Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with
thee: blessed art thou among women and
blessed in the fruit of thy womb.


Strengthen in our minds, we beseech Thee,
O Lord, the mysteries of the true faith;
that we who confess Him who was conceived
of a Virgin to be true God and man,
may deserve by the power of His saving
resurrection to attain to eternal happiness.
Through the same our Lord.


It it truly meet and just, right and for our
salvation, that we should at all times, and
in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy
Lord, Father almighty, eternal God: and
that we should praise and bless, and proclaim
Thee, in the Annunciation of the
Blessed Mary, ever Virgin: Who conceived
Thine only-begotten Son by the overshadowing
of the Holy Ghost, and the glory of
her virginity still abiding, gave forth to the
world the eternal Light, Jesus Christ our
Lord: through Whom the Angels praise
Thy Majesty, Dominions worship, Powers
stand in awe: the Heavens and the
hosts of heaven with the blessed Seraphim
unite, exult and celebrate; and we entreat
that Thou wouldst bid our voices also to
be heard.


Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a
Son, and His Name shall be called Emmanuel.


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 the Resurrection. Through the
same our Lord


Vonito said...

Father, is it true that we are supposed to kneel during the part "by the power of the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man"?

Fr. Allan J. McDonald said...

Yes, this is the custom during the Credo at all EF Masses, but it is only done twice in the Ordinary Form Mass, at Christmas and at the Annunciation. All other times we bow in the OF Credo.
As well, in the Gospel, one genuflects at the words of the incarnation and always at the last Gospel too!

Anonymous said...

Good luck with the mass, Father. I'm sure it will be beautiful.

I just want to comment about the kneeling in the Credo. In the OF, this should be done at all masses IMO, because in my experience, nobody (including the priest) does it. Nobody (and I'd even say the priest) even knows to! This is more of that silly stuff.

Joseph Johnson said...

Anonymous at 10:01,
Ever since I became familiar with the custom in the EF Mass, I've been more acutely aware of the custom of bowing for the words of the Incarnation during the Creed, as well as genuflecting on Christmas and at the Annunciation. The problem with it only being done twice a year in the OF is that nobody remembers to do it!

I agree, it would be great if it was restored to what it had been before, where (as in the EF) we always genuflect to show our profound gratitude for God having lowered Himself to become one of us!

Anonymous said...

Is this solemnity a Holy Day of Obligation?

Marc said...

Anonymous at 1:43:

No, it is not a Holy Day of Obligation.

It should be, though, as it is really as important as Christmas because it is the day our Lord took flesh!