Wednesday 25th March

Collect for today:

We beseech you, O Lord, pour your grace into our hearts,

that as we have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel,

so by his cross and passion we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Today is the feast of “The Annunciation of our Lord”, 9 months to Christmas. And the Archangel tells Mary “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, the power of the Most High will overshadow you”. We respond “Alleluia”. And with everyone is locked up together perhaps after Christmas we shall have a record number of Baptisms. And we shall respond “Alleluia” or in a restrained British way “congratulations”.

 

So give thanks to God for families and babies. Ask God to overshadow each home with the Holy Spirit, God’s power and his comforter through tough times. And sing the “Magnificat”.

 

1/ Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!

Unnumbered blessings, give my spirit voice;

Tender to me the promise of his word;

in God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice.

 

2/ Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his name!

Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;

his mercy sure, from age to age the same;

his holy name, the Lord, the mighty one.

 

3/ Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might!

Powers and dominions lay their glory by.

Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,

the hungry fed, the humble lifted high.

 

4/ Tell, out my soul, the glories of his word!

Firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord,

to children’s children and for evermore!

 

What story are you reading to your children’s children? Our family has started “Wind in the Willows” using WhatsApp.

 

 

Today is our first day when the doors of the churches are locked. Which reminds me of Easter. Particularly this passage:

 

John 20. 19-22    Jesus Appears to the Disciples

19 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 21Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ 22When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.

 

Ponder on this:

  • The early church was found behind lock doors, at Easter and in the years ahead – for instance inside the catacombs. There has been plenty of good reasons for Christians to be fearful.
  • When we are fearful, Jesus the perfect love who casts out fear, gifts us with the peace of his Father and the Holy Spirit. Easter peace.
  • He breathes the Holy Spirit into us and we are born anew, a new creation able to face a fearful world, even one in “lock down”.

 

One way I sense the peace of the Holy Spirit is through listening to music. I’m working my way each day through a Mozart violin sonata. I find Mozart very prayerful.

 

A prayer from the Mozarabic Sacramentary (try Googling ‘Mozarabic’ and pray for Spain)

 

Lord you know the fears and anxieties that fill our hearts at what today will bring. Free us from panic and worry. Anchor our thoughts and minds in your great power and love. Send us into this day with your peace in our hearts and sure confidence in your fatherly care. Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Grant us, O Lord, to pass this day in gladness and in peace, without stumbling and without stain; that, reaching the eventide victorious over all temptation, we may praise thee, the eternal God, who art blessed, and dost govern all things, world without end. Amen.


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