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Photo by Lawrence OP

Photo by Lawrence OP Just to be clear, this solemnity commemorates the day when the Archangel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was to be the Mother of Our Lord.  It is not a Holy Day of Obligation in the US, but is, just like every other weekday of the year, a great day to attend Mass is you can.

Today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation.  You know what that means, right?  Even though it’s the middle of Lent, it’s time to party.  That’s right.  Par-tay.  Because that’s how Holy Mother Church rolls.

You see, even though we are in the midst of the main penitential season of the liturgical year, we should not despair as we journey through this spiritual desert.  Oh no.  The Church, in Her infinite wisdom, gives us these days, solemnities, to celebrate regardless of which season they fall in.  There are 17 solemnities sprinkled throughout the Church calendar, and they are meant to be celebrated regardless of what season they fall in.  In Lent alone there is always at least one (the Solemnity of Saint Joseph) and often two (when Easter falls after March 25th, i. e. today, the Solemnity of the Annunciation).  We all know that the Church knows what She’s doing and does nothing by accident.  If they’re in Lent, they’re supposed to be in Lent, and we’re supposed to celebrate them.

So, I don’t know about you, but I plan on giving the kids a half day tomorrow, having more than one cup of coffee, a big, meat-filled dinner (complete with gravy because, since we are supposed to keep our food simple and fairly plain during Lent, and since a solemnity is Non-Lent within Lent, we are going to enjoy the flavor), and dessert.  Yes, dessert, like a big old cake or yummy cookies or maybe even ice cream, because clearly, having placed it here, Jesus wants us to enjoy the day.

What are you going to do to celebrate the Solemnity of the Annunciation?

Do you have a favorite way to celebrate this solemnity?

Favorite recipes for big feasts?