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Solemn Chapter: The Annunciation 2021

  The following is Sr. Mary Jeremiah's beautiful talk for our Solemn Chapter (or, as we like to refer to it, our Big Chapter) on March 24. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!  The first words we hear every day are--"The angel of the Lord appeared unto Mary...." And we return to this moment of the Incarnation countless times throughout the day. The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee...to a virgin...and the virgin's name was Mary. And coming to her, said, "Hail, full of grace!".... But Mary said to the angel, "How can this be..." And the angel said to her in reply... Then the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:26-38) We heard last Sunday morning at Office of Readings in the Letter to the Hebrews that angels are "ministering spirits...sent to serve [human beings], those who are to inherit salvation"! What a statement! These tremendous spiritual beings are sent to help us.  And, every year on the feast of the Archangels we

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