The Silent Annunciation

This year the feast of the Annunciation fell on Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week;  thus juxtaposing the Incarnation, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. As we look at these events in this way, we see the Blessed Virgin’s obedient “Fiat” introduces us to her Divine Son’s life – His agony and acceptance of the Father’s will:  “Yet not my will, but Thine be done. (Luke 22, 42), which in turn, re-echoes back her own, “Be it done unto me according to thy word.” followed by His cry from the Cross,  “Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit.” (Luke 23, 46) and His triumphant Resurrection from the dead. See how these events are gathered together, their harmony resonating in one hymn of glory to God through humble obedience. The Blessed Virgin was obedient to God’s will; her divine Son wrought our salvation by obedience and now, in these times, they call us to return to obedient faith in a time of universal disobedience to God’s law.

But note that this year, the Blessed Virgin’s feast is silent; there was virtually no mention of it because it is overshadowed by Holy Week and in fact, bumped forward to the day after Low Sunday;  at which time it was again largely ignored.

If anyone who reads this noticed their church or chapel honoring the Annunciation on the Monday following Low Sunday with any events at all, (for instance, Rosary and benediction before the Blessed Sacrament, an invitation to renewal of Consecrations) please share your good news with us. My own highly unscientific sampling showed not single event. Total silence.

And truly, so was the original Annunciation hidden in Nazareth, an insignificant village in a remote province of the mighty Roman Empire. Even one of Christ’s own Apostles, Nathanael said, “Can anything good come from Nazareth?” (John 1, v 46)

Often, we have noted in these pages that just as Christ’s coming was insignificant to the vast population of the world at His time, so also the events introducing the final stages of the Passion of His Church will also be little noted. Thus, the Annunciation this year is significant in its very insignificance to some who follow such things. Let us look around us at some notable facts. At the time of Christ’s Passion there were two high priests, Annas and Caiphas and today we have two men in the Vatican wearing Papal garb, that is, two “Bishops in white”.  Both men have proven their allegiance to the “liberty, equality, fraternity” of the ancient enemy.

Indifference to Apostasy in High Places

During the holiest time of the Church’s year, we saw  the Vicar of Christ meeting with another friend of his, to declare his unbelief in two basic truths of the faith, hell and the immortality of the soul. Then, he met with hand-picked “youth” and urged them to break yet another commandment and defy their parents. That defiance has been a hallmark of this pope’s dismal reign. And in yet another assault on the person of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Pope Francis spoke to the dwindling crowd in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday of Passion Week,:

“This is where the journey begins, that of the mission, of the announcement: Christ has risen. And this announcement, to which the Triduum leads, preparing us to welcome him, is the center of our faith and of our hope; it is the core; it is the message; it is — a difficult word, but it says it all — it is the kerygma which continually evangelizes the Church and with which she in her turn is invited to evangelize.”

In his address, the Pope therefore stated that the announcement or proclamation (kerygma) of the Resurrection is the center of the faith, the very core of it. In this, Pope Francis is being the apotheosis of the modernist, using the term kerygma to replace the material reality of Christ’s  Resurrection ignoring or glossing over the bodily resurrection of Christ our Savior in favor of proclaiming Him as risen. Put another way, the Pope stated his belief that what counted was not that Christ rose from the dead but that the Apostles proclaimed that He did, thus establishing Christianity.

The Pope’s Kerygma Destroys Dogma

The clearest explanation of the use of the term “kerygma”  is found in Atila Guimarães’ “Animus Delendi I“, where he explains the progressivist strategy for destabilizing dogma. One of the main principles is that “The immutability of dogma must be rethought according to “Kerygma” – the need to announce each individual truth”. He quotes extensively from progressivist theologians asuch as Chenu and Rahner to the effect that “There is no proclaimed revelation except under the form of ‘announcing the word’ “, (Rahner), and from Chenu, speaking of theology,  “In the face of kerygma, the system reflected should always appear as that which is derived and secondary.” And so we see the deep, extensive roots of the rot in this Jesuit pope. Dogma is basically kicked aside for the “message”.

In a recent post, Eponymous Flower demonstrates the apostasy of Pope Francis quite clearly. I refer you to “Pope’s Two New Teachings: All Are Children of God and Atheists Go to Heaven“, If there was any doubt that we have a pope who is in no way a Catholic.  And yet, most catholics (lower “c”), are determined to ignore this.

The reason grace has fled is not that the pope proclaims heterodoxy on a daily basis.

No, the reason grace has fled is that the “faithful” no longer care. They have become indifferent.

This year, the Annunciation was silent. But Christ our Savior was made flesh and He dwells among us. And as we proclaim of Him in the Te Deum,

“We believe that Thou shalt come to be our Judge.
We therefore pray Thee, help Thy servants, whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.
Make them to be numbered with Thy saints, in glory everlasting.
O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.”

The gravity and immensity of the worldwide sacrileges that have occurred in the Roman Catholic Church since the “reform of the Liturgy” of Paul VI have effectively deadened the faith of the overwhelming majority of catholics.

But there are some who still believe that Christ will come to be our Judge.

“Have in mind therefore in what manner thou hast received and heard: and observe, and do penance. If then thou shalt not watch, I will come to thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know at what hour I will come to thee.” (Apoc. 3,3).

 

Please, Pray the Rosary for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

† . Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of our hearts, Mother of the Church, do thou offer to the Eternal Father the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, for the conversion of poor sinners, especially our Pontiff.
† . Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Thy kingdom come! Viva Cristo Rey!
† . Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.
† . St. Joseph, protect us, protect our families, protect our priests.
† . St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.

Please pray for the Consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

~ by evensong for love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, King.
Vouchsafe that I may praise thee, O Sacred Virgin! Give me strength against thine enemies!

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5 thoughts on “The Silent Annunciation

  1. A brief note. The point was to draw attention to the “silent Annunciation” in a play on words with the loud and overbearing proclamation (kerygma) of Pope Francis and the utter indifference of the majority of Catholics.
    This year, the stealth annunciation is nevertheless a very real annunciation, which by its silence announces profoundly that Christ Our Redeemer (and Judge) is come.
    It speaks loudly to those who have ears to hear.

  2. ATW says:

    Dear Evensong,

    My family and I attended the Byzantine Divine Liturgy on Sunday, March 25, 2018. As you know, unlike the Roman Rite, the Byzantine Rite never transfers the Feast of the Annunciation, even if it falls on Good Friday or Easter Sunday. It was very edifying to observe Palm Sunday and the Annunciation at the same time. In 2016 the Annunciation fell on Good Friday, and that was also a special occurrence. The joy of the Annunciation mixed with the somberness of Good Friday.

    The priest mentioned that in 2035 the Annunciation will fall on Easter Sunday. The last time that occurred was in 1951. The special name for this occurrence is “The Lord’s Pascha.”

    ATW

  3. Dear Evensong,

    On Monday, 9 April 2018, Feast of the Annunciation Transferred, the Knights of Columbus Woodlawn Council 2161 gathered at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, as they have for the past 19 years on the Feast of the Annunciation, to pray all 15 decades of the Rosary for an end to abortion and for the innocent victims of abortion, and the Divine Praises in reparation for the sacrileges and blasphemies against the Sacred & Immaculate Hearts.

    I’m sure we were not the only ones who observed this great and important feast.

    God bless you.

    • peregrine says:

      I hope so, but the apostasy in the Church is more pervasive than ever, nevertheless as will be seen more clearly…

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