Friday, May 15, 2009

Angelus and Magnificat

Imagine reciting the words of the Archangel Gabriel on the spot where Gabriel himself spoke them to Mary. And after Mary's fiat, this was where Verbum caro factum est, the Word was made flesh. Amazing.

Pope Benedict prays in the Grotto of the Church of the Annunciation in the northern city of Nazareth May 14, 2009. The Church, built over the remains of Byzantine and Crusader churches in the town where Jesus grew up, contains a grotto in which, tradition says, the Virgin Mary was told by the angel Gabriel that she would give birth to the Son of God. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (ISRAEL POLITICS RELIGION SOCIETY)


The Pope praying Vespers in the Basilica of the Annunciation

Then imagine praying the Magnificat, the joyful prayer of praise and thanksgiving of the Most Holy Theotokos at the spot where she first spoke those words. A privilege indeed.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you confusing the Annunciation and the Visitation?

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Χριστιανος said...

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God bless you!
greetings from Land of John Poul II

Suzanne said...

Andrew..you always provide me with beautiful photos that help me to feel like I am right where these happenings are taking place..it is such a blessing to come here! Honestly!
I also am very powerfully touched by the beauty and reverence of your Easter Vigil photos. Thank you so much. God bless you.

Gabriella said...

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Compliments for your blog.
God bless.

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Anonymous said...

The Holy Father appears to be standing with his back to the Blessed Sacrement reserved in the tabernacle - which can clearly be seen behind him in the photo.