Today, March 25, marks a very special day for Catholics around the world: the Feast of the Annunciation.
The Annunciation commemorates Archangel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary that she would conceive Jesus by the Holy Spirit, and to Mary’s husband, Joseph, whom he advised in a dream not to leave Mary. (Read: Meet the Three Archangels: Gabriel, Michael, Raphael) This day is celebrated every 25th of March— nine months before Jesus’s birth in December.
Let us commemorate this special day that celebrates faith, love, and family with these four powerful prayers!
A Catholic Collect for the Annunciation Feast
Who didst please that at the message of an Angel
Thy Word should take flesh in the womb
of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
grant unto Thy suppliants,
that we who believe her to be
truly the mother of God
may be aided by her intercession before Thee
Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen
Annunciation Prayer for Faith
Lord Jesus Christ, Eternal Word,
You became Incarnate as man in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
You, through whom the universe was created,
began your earthly course in the womb of a humble and chaste Virgin.
At the annunciation of this miracle, Mary responded in faith:
“let it be done to me according to your word.”
May we who are made new creatures by your grace,
respond with such faith when you call us to your service.
Catholic Opening Prayer for the Annunciation Feast
Let us pray,
[That Christ the Word made flesh,
will make us more like Him.]
God Our Father,
Your Word became Man
and was born of the Virgin Mary.
May we become more like Jesus Christ,
whom we acknowledge as our Redeemer, God and man.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
Orthodox Annunciation Prayer
Lord who came down from heaven
and stayed in the womb of St. Mary,
after making the annunciation
to her through his head of angels, is blessed.
The Lord is blessed whom the heaven and earth,
Angels and mankind are praising always.
Oh Lord let the intercession of your mother
be a fort for us all.
Peace be unto thee,
Mother of the Sun of righteousness.
Peace be unto thee, the palace of holiness,
Peace be unto thee the ship full of blessings,
the fruit of your virginity is blessed,
Holy Mother please pray for us,
so that we would also be holy like you in our lives.
Lord have mercy upon us.
who was kind enough
to take the presence in humble virgin,
kindly live in us
and redeem us from the strong bondages of sins and death.
Lord make us good and worthy divine homes,
so that you could stay in us.
Lord who had been kind enough
to take the human body from the virgin,
unite us all in your peace.
Unite us all with your grace.
Fill your love in us
so that we could share the love
with you and among us all.
Make us worthy to praise thee
with your blessed Mother and all the saints.
Holy virgin Mother, you are blessed,
By thy prayers
let the Holy church and her children
be saved from all sorts of calamities
and let all the departed get forgiveness for their sins.
Prayers from prayerist.com.