The Feast Day of BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (March 25)
Father of Love, through Your Most Holy Spirit, Mary the Jewish girl
conceived your Son; may his beauty, his humanity, his all-transforming
grace be born in us, and may we never depise his strange and stirring
gentleness for we pray even in the same name, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Old Testament: Isaiah 7:10-14 Psalm: 113
Epistle: Romans 5:12-19 Gospel: Luke 1:26-38 (BCP, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion)
St. Mary was a Jewish woman from the city of Nazareth; a virgin betrothed to St. Joseph. According to the New Testament and the Qur’an, she was a virgin as at the time she conceived the Child Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.(Isaiah 7:14|KJV
The promise of God in human form (Immanuel) became a reality at the conception of Jesus by Virgin Mary. It pleased the Lord from the very beginning of time to choose Mary to become the vessel through which the light of Salvation came to us, she did not lobby for it neither was she the only Virgin girl in the Jewish town, it’s just that the Lord wishes to use insignificant things to birth new and great possibilities.
Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth! He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill; That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people. He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.(Psalms 113:6-9|KJV-
Through the favour of the Lord upon Mary, we understand that the Lord is a God of all flesh, the poor and rejected are not left out of His divine plans, those forgotten in the valley of the shadows of death are the ones He came to save and no matter how insignificant and forgotten you think your situation has become; I make glad to announce to you this day that the Lord has plans of birthing new and great possibilities with you. No matter what they have concluded concerning your home town and people, the truth remains that the Lord is still upon His throne and watches over the affairs of men so don’t give up, don’t regret coming from that town rather keep yourself pure in body and in spirit and the Lord will show Himself mighty. This is a great hope for those looking for the fruit of the womb, our God broke the biological protocol to brought forth our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, He has shown that He is the exclusive manufacturer of Children and gives to whosoever He will; look up to Him for your desires to be met.
And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.(Luke 1:28-31|KJV-
This was the greatest news of mankind, that the Lord has chosen her Handmaid Mary to bring forth to the world a saviour Jesus Christ. It’s amazing to note the humility of Mary, she did not went about the town boasting and oppressing her fellow ladies simply because she is carrying the saviour of the world; she was humble to still live with her spouse Joseph even when she was carrying Jesus in her womb.
Mary was largely believed to have bodily taken up to heaven (Assumption into Heaven) research showed that she has the highest position of all women in Islam and was mentioned in the Qur’an more often than in the Bible.
Prayers: Immortal redeemer, thank you for choosing your humble maiden; the Blessed Virgin Mary to be a medium through which you sent your only begotten son to be sacrificial lamb for our sins. Thank you for the grace and favour upon the lonely and the poor. Thank you for using the foolish things to confirm the decisions of the wise. Bless us most holy God and cause your grace and favour to be upon all people. Birth through us the possibility of healing and bring to an end this epidemic CORVID19 to the glory and honour of your Holy name Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen