This Sunday, March 25, is the Feast of the Annunciation of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary. This day is also the fifth Sunday of Great Lent and the Sunday of St. Mary of Egypt.
The readings for this Sunday are: Exodus 3:1-8 (Vespers, 1st reading, Theotokos), Proverbs 8:22-30 (Vespers, 2nd reading, Theotokos), Luke 1:39-49, 56 (Matins Gospel, Theotokos), Galatians 3:23-29 (Epistle, Saint), Luke 7:36-50 (Gospel, Saint), Hebrews 9:11-14 (Epistle), Mark 10:32-45 (Gospel), Hebrews 2:11-18 (Epistle, Theotokos), and Luke 1:24-38 (Gospel, Theotokos).
The revelation of the eternal mystery!
The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin
As Gabriel announces the coming of Grace.
Together with him let us cry to the Theotokos:
Rejoice, O Full of Grace,
The Lord is with You!
For you took up the Cross and followed Christ.
By so doing, you taught us to disregard the flesh, for it passes away;
But to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal.
Therefore your spirit, O holy Mother Mary, rejoices with the Angels.