Monday, March 24, 2008

Tuesday prayer

Cross posted at Rev Gals Prayer Blog.

I've never been part of a tradition that officially celebrated the Annunciation. To me, rediscovering or uncovering a celebration day allows for tremendous freedom to create and imagine new traditions and rituals. Whatever you experience with Annunciation, I pray that your creativity is also unleashed today.


Suggestions for celebrating Annunciation Day

Pray
"Creator and Lover, I delight in all the unexpected ways you make yourself known to me. Although I sometimes feel afraid or tired when I learn about the tasks you have prepared for me, I rejoice that you will always with be with me. I count on your strength to sustain me. You are my delight! With you, all things are truly possible. Amen."
Or
"Hail Mary, full of grace
Emmanuel, God is with you.
Blessed are you, and blessed is your child Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother to all.
Pray for God's people,
Now and always."
From the Feminist Rosary

Be your own spiritual director
Spend some time considering a question, such as:
What within you is waiting to be born?
How has God appeared to you recently and what was your reaction?
What, if any, connection do you feel with Mary?
Walk in beauty
Enjoy one of the many pieces of art depicting the Annunciation.

Spring to life
Rejoice in the connection between the day of the conception of Jesus and the promise of spring. If you live in a climate where spring is not yet in evidence outside, relax and enjoy the carefree abundance of spring indoors. Bring in flowers. Turn up the heat. Snuggle with your pet or your child or your sweetie. Eat the rest of your Easter candy.

Read all about it
You might want to read the story of the annunciation from the book of Luke.
You can find detailed descriptions at Wikipedia and About.com. For an interesting article about the connection between the Annunciation and the celebrations of many other religions, check this out. Or take a trip to Bulgaria to a shrine dedicated to the Annunciation.

2 comments:

Magpie Girl said...

Jen,

This was such a great post! I've always wanted to add The Annunciation to my list of religious-things-i-celebrate. (Like I need more! :-) Now I have some resources to do so. I am SO going to Belgium next year!

Much love to you!

Rachelle

Juniper said...

Thanks Rachelle! And good to see you here. I often think of you and wonder how you're settling...

I just started reading about annunciation and now I'm fascinated by it - I love those places where lots of traditions brush up against each other.

My bible study at church (mostly a group of elder ladies) love annunciation day now, too, because I brought them all muffins on Tuesday :) Whatever it takes...