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.