Catholic Prayer: Table Blessing for the Solemnity of the Annunciation
Wide air, World-Mothering air... Of her flesh he took flesh: He does take fresh and fresh, Through much the mystery now And makes, O marvelous! New Nazareth in us, Where she shall yet conceive Him, morning, noon and eve New Bethlehems, and he born There, evening, noon and morn. Gerard Manley HopkinsResponsory:
Verse: The angel of the Lord brought good tidings to MaryThe Lord's Prayer
Response: and she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Blessing: Today, a prelude of joy for the whole world, the dawn of our salvation, is announced by Gabriel to the Virgin Mary. Let us hasten to celebrate with gladness, the coming of Christ among us, who dwelt in the bosom of the Father before time began. We pray, O Lord, as once you came to dwell in Mary, that you come today to live among us, for you alone are the way, the truth, and the true life. Amen.Prayer Source: Table Blessings: Mealtime Prayers Throughout the Year by Brother Victor-Antoine d'Avila-Latourrette, Ave Maria Press, 1994