Daily Prayers for March 25

The Annunciation

On March 25 we remember the special role that Mary plays in the redemption of the world and celebrate the example she is to each of us as disciples of -Jesus. When the angel Gabriel visited Mary, she was a teenager in occupied Palestine, as anonymous and apparently insignificant as the billions of -people who live and die today in the slums of megacities. But the angel of the Lord called Mary by name and proclaimed that she would carry inside her womb God in flesh. It is a miracle we remember even as we put it into practice: however humble our circumstances, God proposes to live in and through our bodies. As a sign to remind us that anything is possible with our God, we remember that Mary conceived -Jesus without the help of any man.

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us sing to the Lord : let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Song “Magnificat”

Here am I, the servant of the Lord : let it be to me according to your will.

Psalm 119:141 44

I am small and of little account : yet I do not forget your commandments.

Your justice is an everlasting justice : and your law is the truth.

Trouble and distress have come upon me : yet your commandments are my delight.

The righteous-ness of your decrees is everlasting : grant me understanding, that I may live.

Here am I, the servant of the Lord : let it be to me according to your will.

Isaiah 7:10 – 14 Luke 1:26 – 38

Here am I, the servant of the Lord : let it be to me according to your will.

Twentieth-century Trappist and spiritual writer Thomas Merton said, “The Christian life — ​and especially the contemplative life — ​is a continual discovery of Christ in new and unexpected places.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Thank you, Lord, for Mary’s witness to joyful obedience, courageous faith, and the merciful truth that you dwell among those the world would forget. Amen.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;

may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;

may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;

may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.

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