April 8

April 8

Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Annunciation of the Archangel St. Gabriel to Our Lady. One of the oldest Marian commemorations, observed as early as the mid-fifth century in the Eastern churches. It celebrates the Blessed Virgin’s “fiat” to the Angel’s message, and the Incarnation of the Word.


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Mass Readings

First Reading – Is 7:10-14; 8:10

The LORD spoke to Ahaz, saying: Ask for a sign from the LORD, your God; let it be deep as the nether world, or high as the sky! But Ahaz answered, “I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!” Then Isaiah said: Listen, O house of David! Is it not enough for you to weary people, must you also weary my God? Therefore the Lord Himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us!”

Responsorial Psalm – Ps 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 11 (R. 8a and 9a)

R. Here I am, Lord; I come to do Your will.

Sacrifice or oblation You wished not,
but ears open to obedience You gave me.
Holocausts or sin-offerings You sought not;
then said I, “Behold I come.” R.

“In the written scroll it is prescribed for me,
To do Your will, O my God, is my delight,
and Your law is within my heart!” R.

I announced Your justice in the vast assembly;
I did not restrain my lips, as You, O LORD, know. R.

Your justice I kept not hid within my heart;
Your faithfulness and Your salvation I have spoken of;
I have made no secret of Your kindness and Your truth
in the vast assembly. R.

Second Reading – Heb 10:4-10

Brothers and sisters: It is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats take away sins. For this reason, when Christ came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for Me; in holocausts and sin offerings you took no delight. Then I said, ‘As is written of me in the scroll, behold, I come to do your will, O God.'” First he says, “Sacrifices and offerings, holocausts and sin offerings, you neither desired nor delighted in.” These are offered according to the law. Then he says, “Behold, I come to do your will.” He takes away the first to establish the second. By this “will,” we have been consecrated through the offering of the Body of Jesus Christ once for all.

Gospel – Lk 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a Son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of David His father, and He will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of His Kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.


Featured Saints

St. Dionysius, bishop (†180). Gifted with an extraordinary knowledge of the Word of God, he taught the faithful of Corinth by preaching, and instructed Bishops of other dioceses through letters.

St. Amantius of Como, Bishop (†449). Of English origin, he became Bishop of Como, Italy, where he built a basilica in honour of Sts. Peter and Paul in which to house the relics of the two Apostles that he had acquired in Rome.

St. Agabus (First century). One of the 72 disciples of Jesus, he is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles. He had the gift of prophecy and foresaw a great famine throughout the world (Acts 11:28) and the imprisonment of St. Paul on his return to Jerusalem (21:10-11).

St. Julie Billiart, virgin (†1816). Founded the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Namur and ardently propagated devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Blessed Clement of Osimo, priest (†1291). Prior General of the Hermits of St. Augustine, he prudently reformed the laws of the Order.

Blessed Augustus Czartoryski, priest (†1893). Young Polish prince admitted to the Salesian Congregation by St. John Bosco, despite his poor health. He died of tuberculosis at age 34 in Alassio Savona, Italy.

Blessed Dominic of the Blessed Sacrament Iturrate, priest (†1927). Spanish priest of the Trinitarian Order. He died in the odour of sanctity two years after his ordination.

Blessed Julian of St. Augustine, religious (†1606). Religious of the Order of the Discalced Brothers Minor, he bore the incomprehension of others owing to his practice of austere penances.


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