Thursday, March 25, 2010

Lady Day

End of 10th century image

The Archangel was not foretelling the future by saying “The Lord is with thee,” but was declaring what he saw happening invisibly at that time. Perceiving that divine and human gifts of grace were to be found in Mary, and that she was adorned with all the gifts of the Holy Spirit, he truly proclaimed her full of grace. He saw that she had already received to dwell within her the One in whom are all these treasures of grace….Even if other women may be extolled, no other can be magnified with the surpassing glory of the Virgin Mother of God.

-- Gregory Palamas (1296-1359)

Let's just be happy. Really happy. Happy that Mary's "yes" made the Incarnation possible.

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