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Online Edition: March 2009, Vol. XV, No. 1

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Annunciation - Fra Filippo Lippi (Fresco- 1467-69) Duomo, Spoleto

News and Views -- Legionaries Face Founder's Flaws | Women's Religious Orders to be Studied by Holy See | Catholic Youth Choir Camp | Now: iBreviary on iTunes for iPhones

Toward an Ars Celebrandi in Liturgy -- by Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith -- This address was presented at the Gateway Liturgical Conference in St. Louis, November 2008.

The Pope and the SSPX: Will lifting Excommunications Lead to Reunion with the Church? -- by Helen Hull Hitchcock

Can We Restore Our "Bare, Ruined Choirs"?: Country Parish Seeks Recovery of Beauty -- by The Rev. David Fulton

Roman Stational Churches: A Spiritual Guide Through Lent - by The Rev. Scott A. Haynes, SJC

Readers Forum: Chabanel Psalms Update | Music and Reverence | Jubilate Deo | Is January 1 a Holy Day | Substitution for the Responsorial Psalm | Order of Mass Questions | Married Priests

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The Annunciation, recounted at the beginning of St. Luke’s Gospel, is a humble, hidden event — no one saw it, no one except Mary knew of it — but at the same time it was crucial to the history of humanity. When the Virgin said her “yes” to the Angel’s announcement, Jesus was conceived and with Him began the new era of history that was to be ratified in Easter as the “new and eternal Covenant”.

In fact, Mary’s “yes” perfectly mirrors that of Christ Himself when He entered the world…. The Son’s obedience was reflected in that of the Mother and thus, through the encounter of these two “yeses”, God was able to take on a human face.

This is why the Annunciation is a Christological feast as well, because it celebrates a central mystery of Christ: the Incarnation.

— Pope Benedict XVI
Angelus - March 25, 2007

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