Over the next seven weeks I will be reflecting on the decades of the Franciscan Crown, a rosary consisting of seven decades corresponding to the Seven Joys of the Virgin.
The first decade focuses on the Annunciation. This is the one where the angel Gabriel comes to Mary and announces that she will be the mother of Jesus. The feast day is on March 25 and ties directly to the Passion. As the Eastern Orthodox Church it is one of the Twelve Great Feasts and as a traditional hymn from Athanasius says “Today is the beginning of our salvation, And the revelation of the eternal mystery! The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin As Gabriel announces the coming of Grace. Together with him let us cry to the Theotokos: “Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!”” It is also a part of the Muslim tradition appearing in the Quran and according the Muslim tradition this takes place sometime during Ramadan. Let us all try to remember that things that we all hold in common between Christians (Catholics, Orthodox, etc. ) and the Muslims. As all the Orthodox Churches gather for the Holy and Great Council let us all pray that things get done and there might be some sort of unity within all these churches and perhaps some renewed way of looking at the Latin church.