March 25, 2015
Behold, our restoration is now made manifest; God is ineffably joined to man. At the words of the Archangel, error has vanished. The Virgin has received the joyful news, and the things of earth have become those of heaven. The world is released from the ancestral curse. Let the whole creation rejoice, singing a hymn of praise, Lord our creator and deliverer, Glory to You! ~From the Vesperal Aposticha for the Feast of the Annunciation
We greet you with love and joy on this Feast of the Annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel to the Most Holy Theotokos.
The reading above transmits to us the essence of this feast, which is the action of a loving God which initiates the events by which humankind is saved from the ancestral error of Adam and Eve. The Archangel announces to the woman who will become the Most Holy Theotokos that she has been chosen to be the vessel through which God Himself will take human flesh, become a Man, and dwell among his creation.