Today, we celebrate one of the major Feasts of the Christian Church – the Annunciation. This is the day when the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary to announce to her that she was chosen to be the mother of the Messiah. This is a central moment in human history. The “fullness of time” had finally come for God to be incarnate and walk among men. God, the Creator and Sustainer of all, became a babe in the womb of human mother. He did not simply appear, rather he took on our humanity in its entirety, in order to heal our fallen nature and restore us to what we were created to be.

It’s important for us to note that in the Scripture reading, the Archangel’s announcement was not merely an order, but rather he waited for the Theotokos to respond, “be it unto me according to your word.” This is how our God deals with us fallen human beings; He works with us and in us and in spite of us. The work of our salvation is a work of synergy, of cooperation between God and man. We submit ourselves to His will and His way, and He pours out His grace on us so that we can remain steadfast on the path of His commandments.

Let us remember today the amazing life and blessings given to the Virgin Mary – as we recall her sinless-ness and her dedication to the Saviour, let us also commend ourselves wholly unto God, and struggle to walk the narrow path which leads to life eternal.

“Today is the beginning of our salvation,
The revelation of the eternal mystery!
The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin
As Gabriel announces the coming of Grace.
Together with him let us cry to the Theotokos:
Rejoice, O full of Grace
The Lord is with Thee!”