March 25th (unless transferred to another day, probably, because it falls on a Lenten Sunday or during Holy Week)

Novena begins 3/16:

The Holy Archangel Gabriel appeared to The Blessed Virgin Mary when she was 14 years old (according to Ven. Mary of Agreda).  The Blessed Virgin Mary was espoused to Holy St. Joseph on January 23rd, and according to  Ven. Mary of Agreda, The Blessed Virgin Mary told St. Joseph about Her Vow of Celibacy, which She had made at the age of 3, in the Temple.  She had then lived as a Virgin in the Temple until She was 14, and the Elders of the Temple told Her that She needed to leave the Temple and marry, so that She could administer the estates, which Her Parents had left to Her.  St. Joseph was miraculously chosen from the eligible Jewish men of the line of King David, in Jerusalem, to be Her Holy Spouse.  Holy St. Joseph was 33 years old, at the time, and he had taken a temporary vow of celibacy, so he agreed to remain celibate during his Marriage with The Blessed Virgin Mary.  The Blessed Virgin Mary had a lot to fear when Holy Archangel Gabriel asked Her to become The Mother of God.  Holy St. Joseph could have had Her stoned to death for adultery.  The only thing, which concerned Her was how She could retain Her Most Holy Virginity, which She had consecrated to God, AND become a Mother.  She did not ask if this could be done – She asked HOW it could be done.  There is a major mistranslation of this exchange between The Blessed Virgin Mary and Holy Archangel Gabriel:  It should read:  “How SHALL this be done, since I know not man?”  If our Blessed Lady had really asked “How can this be done, since I know not man?”  She would have been questioning God’s Power to do anything and would have incurred His Wrath, just as Holy Zechariah had and would have been punished for doing so.  But, since our Blessed Lady had been inspired by God to offer Herself and Her Virginity in the Temple at the age of 3, She wanted to know how She would keep Her Virginity and become The Mother of God.  Here is the whole conversation from St. Luke, Chapter 1, according to drbo.org – the Douay-Rheims Bible, Challoner version:

[26] And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, [27] To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. [28] And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. [29] Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. [30] And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God.

[31] Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. [32] He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the most High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. [33] And of his kingdom there shall be no end. [34] And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man? [35] And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

[36] And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren: [37] Because no word shall be impossible with God. [38] And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

You can see the seeds for the powerful prayer of the Angelus, which used to be prayed and should still be prayed each day at 6:00 a.m., noon, and 6:00 p.m. Every Catholic church’s bells rang at these hours to remind Catholics to pray the Angelus, and Catholics would stop wherever they were and whatever they were doing, to pray this.  I believe that the Muslims copied us, but had to go one further and pray 5 times, and they used trumpets instead of bells.  Get into the habit of praying the Angelus – it is a very important way for everyone and especially for laypeople to consecrate a third of each waking day to The Lord, and it organizes your day around The Lord (some of this was inspired by a sermon by a Bishop/Archbishop), as if it were a tiny “Liturgy of the Hours”.  During my lunch break, I would pray the Angelus and Grace before eating.  The devil/wacko HATES for us to pray the Angelus.  This shows how efficaciously grace-filled it is to do so!

The Angelus, found at the bottom of this page, can be prayed in honor of the Incredible Feast of The Annunciation to The Blessed Virgin Mary, and The Incarnation of God The Son in The Form of a Baby Human in Her Womb.  Start praying it in a Novena for The Feast of The Annunciation/The Incarnation, which is usually on March 25th.  When it lands on a Sunday of Lent, it is transferred to the following Monday, as it is so important.  Be sure to get to Holy Mass on this Feast, and, if possible, pray in front of a Planned parenthood office for an end to the chemical abortions, which happen so frequently through the use of the regular birth control/abortificaient Pill, the IUD, the Patch, Norplant, etc., let alone through Ella, Plan B, so-called emergency contraception, which is also abortifacient.  See “Life Facts” webpage on this site for more info.  Or, pray in front of a surgical abortion death mill or a hospital, which does abortions.  Call a few friends, and make it a good habit to do this whenever no one else is there, so that The Lord can start blessing your cities or towns by shutting these places down and converting those, who have gone to them, and those, who have participated in this murder of babies in the womb.  If you know anyone, who has had an abortion or who has facilitated, in any way, someone having an abortion, they can be forgiven and healed – God can forgive anything to anyone – He Is that BIG! Rachel’s Vineyard is a wonderful place to heal. www.rachelsvineyard.org.  As men are fathers of the babies, which are being aborted, they must try as hard as they can to make sure that their babies NOT be aborted, including contacting the police, taking the mother of their baby/ies to court, etc.  Contraception/Chemical Abortion has only been allowed throughout the U.S. by the Supreme Court’s decision in A.D. 1965,and Surgical Abortion/legalized murder of babies has only been legal throughout the U.S. since A.D. January 22, 1973.  Both can and have to be illegalized once more, if we want to see our country survive.  God will NOT bless our country until we stop making marital activities recreational rather than procreational activities and until we stop murdering our own babies!

Begin: In Nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti.  Amen. (Latin – Church’s Language)ANGELUS (6 a.m., noon, & 6 p.m.)

V. Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae.
R. Et concepit de Spiritu Sancto.


Ave, Maria, gratia plena; Dominus Tecum:  Benedicta Tu in mulieribus, et Benedictus Fructus Ventris Tui, Jesus. * Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae.  Amen.

V. Ecce ancilla Domini,
R. Fiat Mihi secundum Verbum Tuum.

Ave, Maria, gratia plena


V. Et Verbum Caro factum est,
R. Et habitavit in nobis.

Ave, Maria, gratia plena

V. Ora pro nobis, Sancta Dei Genetrix,
R. Ut digni efficiamur Promissionibus Christi.


Gratiam tuam, quaesumus, Domine, mentibus nostris infunde; ut qui, Angelo nuntiante, Christi Filii Tui Incarnationem cognovimus, per Passionem Eius et Crucem ad resurrectionis gloriam perducamur.  Per eumdem Christum Dominum nostrum.                R. Amen.

(St. Luke 1, 26-49)

  Begin: In The Name of The Father, and of The Son, and of The Holy Spirit.  Amen. ANGELUS (6 a.m., noon, & 6 p.m.)

V. The Angel of The Lord declared unto Mary. R. And She conceived of The Holy Ghost.

Hail Mary, full of grace; The Lord is with Thee: Blessed art Thou among women, and Blessed Is The Fruit of Thy Womb, Jesus. * Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.  Amen.

V. Behold The Handmaid of The Lord,
R. Be it done to Me according to Thy Word.

Hail Mary, full of grace


V. And the Word was made Flesh,
R. And dwelt among us.

Hail Mary, full of grace

V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
R. That we may be made worthy of the Promises of Christ.

Let us pray.

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that, as we have known The Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, by the message of an Angel, so by His Passion and Cross we may be brought to the glory of the Resurrection. Through The Same Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

(St. Luke 1, 26-49)

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