In the midst of Lent, as we approach the memorial of Jesus' death, we celebrate the beginning of the Incarnation. Church tradition holds that Jesus was conceived by his mother as soon as Mary responded to the angel, “Let it be done to me as you have said.” Also, as early as Hippolytus, Church tradition held that Jesus died thirty (or thirty-three) years to the day on which he was conceived, in about the year 30. Until the year 1752, March 25 was celebrated in England and some European countries as New Year's Day. This is also the anniversary of the first Mass celebrated in the English American colonies, on March 25, 1634, at St. Clement’s Island in Maryland.


Isaiah 7:10-14; 8:10. Unsure of whether or not to follow the prophet's advice in a time of great conflict, King Ahaz of Judah asks for some sign from God. The prophet responds that one of Ahaz’s wives (a “young woman” according to the Hebrew) will give birth to a son. The sign, then, is that the dynasty will continue—a sign of God's continuing presence with the nation through the line of King David.


Psalm of the Day: Ps (39) 40. Today's excerpt is taken from the first half of this psalm, an individual thanksgiving hymn. In response to God's action, the psalmist proclaims personal fidelity to the divine will, considered to be superior even to the sacrifices offered in the Temple.


Aquí Estoy, Señor (Castillo) FYC 203

Aquí Estoy, Señor (Rubi) FYC 204

Here I Am (Alonso)G3 48

Here Am I (Proulx) RS 75, verses 4-7/WOR1029

Here I Am (Cooney) G2 47/GC 49/GC2 35/G3 49/GP 204/RS 74

Here I Am, O God (Warner) PMB 149/WC 435


Hebrews 10:4-10. Building on the attitude of Psalm 40, the author of Hebrews describes Christ’s fidelity to the divine will as the reason for his exaltation and as the medium of our salvation.


Luke 1:26-38. The vision of the angel ends with Mary also echoing the psalmist: “May it be done to me according to your word.” We repeat that same attitude of fidelity each time that we pray the Lord's Prayer.


Songs for the Liturgy

A Message Came to a Maiden Young   RS 478

All Who Claim the Faith of Jesus  GC 787/RS 890

Ave Luz Mañanera FYC 205

By All Your Saints Still Striving, w/ special second verse  BB-MI 191/JS3 748/OIF 898/ PMB 524/RS 887/SS 964/WC 990 /WOR 705/WOR4 890

Canticle of the Turning  GC 556/GC2 527/G3 622/JS3 /RS 678

Como Estrella en Claro Cielo FYC 450 /FYC3 429

Del Cielo Vino FYC 448

El Angelus FYC 475 /FYC3 439

Hail Mary: Gentle Woman BB-MI 702/ GC 782/GC2 779/G3 889/GP 426/GP3 372/JS 739/JS3 481/OFUV 521/OIF 913/SPS 305WC 1000/WS 813

I Am for You   GC 704/GC2 676/G3 794

I Sing a Maid   CBW 462 / GC 781/GC2 777/G3 458/ RS 899

Immaculate Mary BB 196/GC 790/GC2 783/G3 886/GP 430/GP3 370/LMGM 99/LMGM2 732/CBW 463/RS 890/JS 535/JS3 512/OFUV 553/OIF 909/PMB 530/SS 953/WC 1005/WS 816/WOR 708/WOR4 893

Madre Morena FYC 464 /FYC3 432

No Wind at the Window   GC 768/GC2 768/G3 876/RS 876

O Mary of Promise  CBW 465/ GC2 781/JS 496/OIF 917/WC 1001

Oh, Virgen sin Mancha (Ave de Lourdes) FYC 472

Praise We the Lord This Day GC 777/G3 875/JS3 492/RS 877/WOR 696/WOR4 876

She Will Show Us the Promised One  OIF 924/ PMB 539/WC 1011

Sing of Mary BB-MI 698/GP 432/GP3 380/GC 783/GC2 778/G3 457/LMGM 100/LMGM2 271/RS 528/JS 490/JS3 472/OFUV 532/OIF 926/PMB 538/SS 951/WC 1009/WS 817/WOR 404/WOR4 444

Sing We of the Blessed Mother   GC 786/GC2 776/JS 491/JS3 475/RS 895/SS 945/WOR 714

Stainless the Maiden WC 1007/WS 805/WOR4 900

The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came  BB 42/CBW 316/GP 441/GP3 378/JS 513/JS3 280/WOR 695/WOR4 875

The God Whom Earth and Sea and Sky  WOR 405/WOR4 447

There Is Nothing Told  GP 431/GP3 377/JS 502/JS3 478

Who Has Known GP 327/GP3 241