“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord – Mary’s blessed yes to our God.  I will keep it simple today and ask that you all do the same.

For all those suffering from the Corona Virus…

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

For strong leadership from our elected representatives at home and in Washington (and abroad)…

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

For an end to this Corona Virus…

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

Do something great for our Lord today – celebrate Mary’s YES to our loving Father.  Go to a virtual mass – you can find one at Instagram Live – stmmchurchmass.  Mass times are 8 AM, 12 PM and 5:30 PM.  St. Mary Magdalen will also be offering a Holy Hour at 3 PM (which can be found at the same Instagram Live account).

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.

But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.  Compete well for the faith.

Eternal God, in Whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion – inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us so that in difficult moments we may not despair nor become despondent but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.

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