Friday, 25 March 2016

It would be the Annunication today, but it's Good Friday

I believe that in the Ethiopian Tawahedo Orthodox Church, the feast of the Annunciation is so revered that it actually trumps Good Friday in their liturgical calendar.

O God, who willed that your Word should take on the reality of human flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary, grant, we pray, that we, who confess our Redeemer to be God and man, may merit to become partakers even in his divine nature. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us, that we may honour thy Son on this Good Friday.

Saint Gabriel, pray for us that we may be strengthened, as Christ was strengthened before His Passion.

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