The Blessed Virgin Mary and the Moment of the Incarnation

By Fr. Mark Perkins



Tomorrow is the Feast of the Annunciation — the moment of the Incarnation and therefore one of the greatest moments in all of salvation history. If you cannot make it to your parish's celebratory mass, do be sure to read the appointed texts starting on page 235 of your 1928 BCP.


Additionally, last year, Fr. Sean McDermott wrote a wonderful reflection on the Annunciation here at Earth & Altar — the Arvo Pärt piece alone is absolutely worth your time! Likewise, you can find my wife's recent review of two picture books on the Blessed Virgin Mary, which you may find helpful in discussing the feast with children.


Finally, there is great devotional value in contemplating icons of the Annunciation. In my lecture series on iconography, I spent some time discussing these icons. You can hear that discussion and see some of these icons here.


Fr. Mark Perkins is Curate at St. Alban's Anglican Cathedral in Oviedo, Florida and Executive Editor of Earth & Altar.