Wednesday, March 25, 2015

{Midweek Musings} Feast Day Edition

Currently:

Listening: to my Taylor Swift station on Pandora. So far, I've heard music from the likes of Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz, and of course Taylor Swift herself.

Reading: finishing up excerpts of The Decameron by Boccaccio, and beginning The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer ~ courtesy of my awesome Medieval Literature class.

Eating/drinking: a chocolate milkshake. Because today is a FEAST DAY!
Wearing: a white lacy top + a royal blue maxi skirt + flip-flops. I'm wearing blue on purpose ~ for Mary! Because TODAY IS A FEAST DAY!
Planning: my Easter break! I get to go home in a week for the Triduum + Easter! I'm excited to be going home again, although I feel like I was just there (it will have been less than 3 weeks since I was there for spring break). I'm especially excited because I get to go visit my dear friends from my former college ~ and two of them are even coming to spend Easter at my house!

Feeling: so excited + joyful. BECAUSE TODAY IS A FEAST DAY!

Celebrating: the feast of the Annunciation! Have I mentioned that today is a feast day? ;) Not only is it a feast day, it's a solemnity! It's a wonderfully celebratory day in the Church: the day Mary said YES to God's invitation to be the Mother of God. Because of her fiat, God Himself was able to become man and enter the human world to redeem all of mankind from their sins and give them hope of eternal life. OHMYGOODNESS.

Not only is the Annunciation a wonderful day in the universal Church, it's an especially celebratory day for my school, because it is our patronal feast day! This evening, the bishop is coming to celebrate Mass and to consecrate our whole school to Mary! Afterwards we're having a steak dinner outside on the quad, complete with live music and yummy food. The whole school, including students, faculty, staff, our president, and our founder, will be there to celebrate. To make the festivities even better, it's a brilliantly sunny, 86-degree day here in Florida ~ and it is gorgeous!

TODAY IS SUCH AN AMAZING DAY!

I encourage you to pray the Angelus today ~ what a perfectly fitting prayer for today! We prayed it at the beginning of my philosophy class today while gazing at the image below. When we did so, I tried to really think about the words of the prayer, while looking intently at the painting, and that's when it really hit me how wonderful a feast today is. I kinda got goosebumps.

I hope you enjoy today, friends! God bless!
~Stephanie
The angel of the Lord appeared unto Mary,
And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
"Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
Be it done unto me according to your Word."
And the Word was made flesh,
And dwelt among us.

Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord,
Thy grace into our hearts,
That we to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son
Was made known by the message of an angel
May by his Passion and Cross
Be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.

2 comments:

  1. I love your new hair color, kid! It suits you well. :) Unless it's actually not that color and my mind is just screwing it all up. Because what even are colors after that dress snafu?!? ;)

    The Starving Inspired

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    1. Thanks, dear!!! :) Haha yep, it's colored -- I got it highlighted a few weeks back! And the highlights just keep getting lighter and lighter practically every day...I think it's because of the sun, haha.

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