Readings:

Psalm 132:11-19
Genesis 17:1-8
1 Thessalonians 1:1-5
Luke 1:26-33

Preface of the Incarnation

 
PRAYERS (traditional language)
Almighty God, heavenly Father, we remember in thanksgiving this day the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary; and we pray that we all may be made one in the heavenly family of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, for ever and ever.

PRAYERS (contemporary language)
Almighty God, heavenly Father, we remember in thanksgiving this day the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary; and we pray that we all may be made one in the heavenly family of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.

Lessons revised at GC 2009.

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PARENTS OF THE VIRGIN MARY

(26 JULY NT)

 
Anna, Mary & Jesus; from an old German book of SaintsThe Scriptures tell us nothing about the parents of the Virgin Mother, not even their names. An early but unreliable document, known as the Proto-Gospel (or Proto-Evangelion) of James, calls them Ann and Joachim, by which names they are customarily known. Our only real information about them, however, is an inference from the kind of daughter they reared.

by James Kiefer