ANNOUNCEMENT TO MARYThe second Sunday of the Season of the Announcement commemorates the announcement to Mary that she is to be the Mother of God. The feast actually recalls two aspects of the same salvific mystery: the incarnation of the divine Word and the motherhood of Mary. For this reason, the feast was given different names according to the aspect which was being emphasized. With time, the incarnation of the Son of God was stressed on the feast of the Birth of our Lord and today’s feast became a Marian feast.
In addition to this second Sunday of the Season of Announcement, the Maronite Church celebrates the Annunciation on March 25th. The feast of the Annunciation appeared in the West, in Italy, during the fifth century, and was eventually adopted by the Maronite Church.
This great announcement to Mary, the fulfillment of the promises of the prophets, took place in the humble home of Mary in Nazareth. At the time, Mary was probably between fourteen and sixteen. Again it was Gabriel, the messenger of the end times, who brought the wonderful message to the young girl.In many ways, the announcement to Mary, can be compared to the announcement to Zechariah. Both apparitions took place during the day and both Zechariah and Mary were to be found at prayer. Mary, the Queen, is speaking with her Lord in her own home. It was necessary for Zechariah to go to the Temple and encounter the Lord in the holy of holies. When the angel appeared to Zechariah, he was described as “standing”. The angel himself praises Mary, “You have found favor with God”.
In the name of all of humanity, Mary consented to be the instrument through which salvation was to be brought into the world. One recalls Eve, who consented to bring darkness and sin into the world. With Mary, the New Eve, salvation history is at a turning point. She is to be the “Mother of the Light”.
Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!
Mark your Calendars for Mission Sunday
Mission Sunday will be Sunday December 6th in place of Breakfast with Santa. The Men’s and Ladies Societies will be hosting a breakfast for the children of the parish. There will be one liturgy that morning at 10 am for the children to bring wrapped gifts to the altar and then the breakfast will follow. Children will still be able to get a picture with Santa. Any questions please contact the rectory 314-621-0056.
Choir Christmas Concert
Please join us for a Christmas Concert Saturday December 5th at 6:30 pm in church. John LeCuyer, Mike Vitale, and the amazing choir have been working really hard in preparing for this special event. All are invited to listen to the sounds of the season.
There will be cookies and drinks served after the concert in the Cedars Hall.
Ladies Society Christmas Party
The Christmas Party will be Friday December 11th at Bartolino’s Osteria on Hampton at 6:00pm-? Please contact Teri Elking by November 30th if you would like to come to the party at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tickets are $35.00
All ladies of the parish are invited for a fun night out!
Sunday November 29th
Due to Thanksgiving weekend, there will be no Heritage classes and coffee hour after liturgies.
KITCHEN’S Weekly Scoop
We will be
Rolling grape leaves on Sunday November 22nd @ 10:30am
Making Tabouli Monday November 30th @ 8:00 am
Rolling Cabbage rolls mondays @ 8:00 am
Making Kibbi aras Tuesdays @ 8:00 am
Serving Wednesday luncheon @ 11 am-2pm
The kitchen will be closed the week of Thanksgiving (Monday November 23rd-Wednesday November 25th)
The Kitchen will re-open Monday November 30th and will be serving Lunch Wednesday December 2nd
The kitchen welcomes all help and are willing to teach if you are interested in learning