Mass for the Feast of the Annunciation

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit the Lord be with you as we gather to pray on this the solemnity of the Annunciation. Let us take a moment to consider the amazing grace of God’s mercy in our lives. You were sent to heal the contrite of heart Lord have mercy. You came to call sinners Christ have mercy. You are seated at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us. Lord have mercy. May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life. Glory to God in the highest and on earth we praise you we bless you, we adore you, we glorify you, we give you thanks for your great glory Lord God heavenly king, O God Almighty father Lord Jesus Christ only begotten Son, Lord God ,Lamb of God son of the Father, you take away the sins of the World, have mercy on us you are seated at the right hand of the Father have mercy on us, for you alone are a Holy One, you alone are the Lord , you alone are the most high Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit and the glory of God the Father, Amen let us pray o God who willed that your word should take on the reality of human flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary grant we pray that we who confess our Redeemer to be God and man may merit to be partakers even in His divine nature who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit one God for ever and ever [Music] [Music] thanks be to God Here I am Lord I come to do your will Here I am Lord I come to do your will I am Lord I come to do your will Here I am Lord I come to do your will Here I am Lord I come to do your will [Music] [Music] thanks be to God and with your spirit glory to [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] [Music] praise to You Lord Jesus Christ by way of introduction my name is Kevin Nadolski and I’m a priest with the Oblates of St. Francis DeSales, and I presently work here at DeSales University as the vice president for Mission. I’m Happy to be here with Fr. Jim Greenfield our University president and Father Dan Lannen our University chaplain and most especially with you virtually through this livestream that we have here at the University. Nine months from this day, this day being March 25th, we will be celebrating Christmas thus today we celebrate that world-changing event in the life of Mary and of all Christians the conception of Jesus. Nine months might feel like nine years the way time is challenging us all as we deal with this Covid-19 pandemic. Our attention today easily goes to Mary the mother of Jesus for her role in both today’s Gospel and in all of Salvation history she is central for us Christians today is a celebration of Christian unity and unity is something we need tremendously especially as the human community struggles with this present moment of pandemic challenge. I’m wondering if today Mary and our human family we have a lot in common we are both greatly troubled we both need to hear the words “do not be afraid” and the only way forward for Mary as a young mother and for us in this crisis is through the power of the Holy Spirit. We need the power of the Most High to overshadow us. With so much in common with Mary Mother of God I think we could do well to look to her to see how she responded to her moment of crisis as an unmarried woman now pregnant with a child she neither asked for nor one that she chose to conceive by loving a man. In our crisis of social distance isolation anxiety, fear, sadness, and possible depression, loneliness or anger, what could Mary teach us? During this weekday Mass when we celebrate the great solemnity of the Annunciation I offer three lessons from Mary. First, great things can happen with social Distancing. Mary’s son Jesus was conceived without any human touch – that is how powerful the Holy Spirit is when we open ourselves to the power of the Spirit. To choose a challenging virtue over a familiar enjoyable or pleasurable vice to be more gentle than judgmental or harsh or sarcastic whether driving, texting, emailing, or engaging in a conflict. Second when faced with a crisis we frequently go to the ‘why’ questions: why is this happening to me? why is my life so hard because of this? why am I in such pain? No doubt Mary could have asked the angel Gabriel, why is this happening to me? Why did I get picked for the huge task to be the mother of the savior of all the world? but instead of asking the why question in her crisis, Mary asked a how question, as in, how can this be since I have no relations with a man? Perhaps in this crisis for us there are how questions that we could ask ourselves: how can I be strong during this time of social distancing? how can I enter into deeper solidarity with those who are struggling right now? or how can I stand with others who are feeling lonely or afraid? And finally Mary teaches us how powerful the powerless can be. In her patriarchal society, Mary’s poverty and under education were magnified. To quote one scripture scholar, “Mary is among the most powerless people in her society: she is a young woman in a world that values age; she’s a female in a world ruled by men; and she’s poor in a stratified economy. Furthermore, she has neither husband or child to validate her existence.” In Mary, God reverses human expectations and evacuates the logic of strategic planning and success. Friends, we may feel powerless against this pandemic, but if we, like Mary, are faithful to the Spirit and interdependent, if we dive into solidarity, ask the how questions, and believe that our powerlessness can become powerful, perhaps we can see Jesus in 9 months — sooner. May God be praised we stand and profess our faith I believe in one God the Father Almighty maker of heaven and earth of all things visible and invisible I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ the only begotten Son of God born of the Father before all ages God from God light from light true God from True God begotten not made consubstantial with the father through him all things were made for us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary and became man for our sake who was crucified under Pontius Pilate he suffered death and was buried and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father he will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end I believe in the Holy Spirit the Lord the giver of life who proceeds and the father and the son who with the father and the son is adored and glorified who has spoken through the prophets I believe in one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the Dead and the life of the world to come Amen we are confident that our God hears our prayers and so we now turn to the Lord with our needs [Applause] [Music] [Music] Lord hear our Lord hear our prayer those work Lordy Lordy [Music] [Music] Lord hear our prayer we now offer our prayers in the silence of our hearts we pray to the Lord God of Hope we praise you and we bless you for you give us what we need most especially faith that has us make our needs known to you which we ask it’s a grant through Christ our Lord a church that my sacrifice and yours be acceptable to God our almighty father Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands for the praise and the glory of his name for our good and Google’s Holy Church be pleased Almighty God to accept your Church’s offering so that she who is aware that her beginnings lie in the incarnation of your only begotten Son may rejoice to celebrate his mysteries on this solemnity who lives and reigns forever and ever the Lord be with you lift up your hearts let us give thanks to the Lord our God it is truly right and just our duty and our salvation always and everywhere to give you thanks Lord Holy Father Almighty and eternal God for the Virgin Mary heard with faith that the Christ was to be born among men and for men’s sake by the overshadowing power of the Holy Spirit lovingly she bore him in her immaculate womb that the promise to the children of Israel might come about and the hope of nations be accomplished beyond all telling through him the host of angels adores your Majesty and rejoices in your presence forever may our voices we pray join with theirs in one chorus of exultant praise as we acclaim holy holy holy Lord God of hosts heaven and earth are full of your glory hosanna in the highest blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord hosanna in the highest you’re indeed holy O Lord the fount of all holiness make holy therefore these gifts we pray by sending down your spirit upon them like the dewfall so that they may become for us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ at the time he was betrayed and entered willingly into his passion he took bread and giving thanks broke it gave it to his disciples saying take this all of you and eat of it for this is my body which will be given up for you in a similar way when supper was ended he took the chalice and once more giving thanks he gave it to his disciples saying take this all of you and drink from it for this is the chalice of My Blood the blood of the new and eternal covenant which will be poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins do this in memory of me the mystery of faith save us for by your cross and resurrection you have set us free therefore as we celebrate the memorial of his death and resurrection we offer you Lord the bread of life and the chalice of salvation giving thanks that you have held us worthy to be in your presence and minister to you humbly we pray that partaking of the body and blood of Christ we may be gathered into one by the Holy Spirit remember also our brothers and sisters and your church spread throughout the world and bring her to the fullness of charity together with Francis our Pope, Alfred our Bishop and all ministers of your gospel remember also our sisters and brothers who have fallen asleep in the hope of the Resurrection and all who have died in your mercy welcome them into the light of your face at mercy on us all we pray that with the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God with the Blessed apostles St. Francis DeSales, Jane de Chantal Margaret Mary Saint Leo Miele coat blessed Lewis the Saints whose names we bear and all the way pleased you throughout the ages we may merit to be co-heirs to eternal life and may praise and glorify you through your son Jesus Christ through him and with him and in him O God Almighty father in the unity of the Holy Spirit all glory and honor is yours forever and ever at the Savior’s command and formed by divine teaching we dare to say our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil deliver us Lord we pray from every evil graciously grant peace in our days that by the help of your mercy we may always be free from sin and safe from all distress as we await the Blessed hope and the coming of our Savior Jesus Christ kingdom the power and the glory are yours now and forever Lord Jesus Christ who said to your Apostles peace I leave you my peace I give you look not on our sins but on the faith of the church and graciously grant her peace and unity in accordance with your will who live and reign for ever and ever peace of the Lord be with you always Lamb of God take away the sins of the world have mercy on us Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world have mercy on us Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world grant us peace behold the lamb of God behold him who takes away the sins of the world blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb Lord I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof but only say the word and my soul shall be healed let us pray confirm in our minds the mysteries of the true faith we pray O Lord so that confessing that he who was conceived of the Virgin Mary is true God and true man we may through the saving power of his resurrection merit to attain eternal joy through Christ our Lord three announcements the first Pope Francis just a few days ago asked Christians throughout the world all Christians to pray the Our Father many times throughout this day on the great feasts of the Annunciation this moment of Christian unity when all believers in Jesus can come together around this great celebration so here at DeSales University we’re certainly going to be praying the prayer of Jesus the Lord’s Prayer and we invite you to join us so we can together pray for an end of this pandemic and for healing throughout the world the second is a thank you to our colleague and friend Mike Yorgey who’s behind the camera came in today just to film us so that we could provide you with the celebration of the mass so thank you and your family and then finally we would just want to remind you that every Sunday we’re going to be having this massive available for the semester so that you can join us as a University Community in prayer. So please, again as you did last Sunday, 10:30 on Sunday morning is when mass will start and then it will be available thereafter throughout the day if you’re if you’re not able to make it promptly at 10:30. So we look forward to praying with you as we continue to make our way through this challenging time the Lord be with you may Almighty God bless you the Father the Son the Holy Spirit Mass is ended Go in peace.

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