Annunciation of Our Lord


The Annunciation of Our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sung Eucharist followed by Champagne Reception
Bartlemas Chapel
6pm Monday 9 April
The story of the announcement of the coming of God made flesh in the person of his Son, Jesus the Christ, the Anointed One, is heard in the proclamation of the good news from the gospel of Luke. The feast marks the conception of Christ in the womb of Mary and has been celebrated in the Church at least since the late fourth century. The perfect humanity and the complete divinity of Jesus is affirmed, following the controversies around those orthodox assertions, which themselves led to the acknowledgement of Mary as Theotokos, God-bearer, which in the West became translated as Mother of God. The celebration thus took on strong associations with the person of Mary, and became known in England as Lady Day. In recent years, the Church has re-affirmed the day as a Feast of our Lord, on which his virgin- mother has a unique place of honour and veneration.
The Calendar date of this feast is 25 March, nine months prior to the feast of Christ’s birth. When 25 March falls within Holy Week or Easter Week the Feast of the Annunciation is transferred (as this year) to the Monday after Low Sunday.
25 March was, until the early modern period, considered to be the first day of the new year. Some medieval and early modern Lady Day texts bring out this association.
A New Year’s Carol
Here we bring new water from the well so clear,
For to worship God with, this happy New Year.
Sing levy-dew, sing levy-dew, the water and the wine,
The seven bright gold wires and the bugles that do shine.

Sing reign of Fair Maid, with gold upon her toe;
Open you the West Door and turn the Old Year go.

Sing reign of Fair Maid, with gold upon her chin;
Open you the East Door and let the New Year in.

You can listen to a popular setting of this carol text here: