a meditation preached at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Pawtucket, RI
March 25, 2016
The Rev. Gillian R. Barr
Today is not only Good Friday, it is also March 25th. Which on the church calendar is the Feast of the Annunciation, the date on which we remember the angel Gabriel telling the young girl Mary that she would bear a child, and he would be named Jesus, for he would save his people from their sins. And she replied, “Let it be according to your word.” These two observances coincide on the calendar only once every century or two, although church Tradition claims that they coincided on the first Good Friday—that Jesus died on the anniversary of his conception. And this juxtaposition of Annunciation and Good Friday has frequently been the subject of poetry and art. Here is one such image, which I find particularly evocative.