In this year of the Lord, 2018, the feastday of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on 25th March fell during Holy Week. Therefore the Church has transferred the feast to today, Monday 9th April.
SOLEMNITY OF THE ANNUNCIATION (TRANSFERRED)
FROM A HOMILY IN PRAISE OF THE VIRGIN MOTHER BY SAINT BERNARD, ABBOT*
You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit [cf Luke 1:31, 34-35]. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting, O Lady, for your word of compassion; the sentence of condemnation weighs heavily upon us.
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