24 March 2011

Commemoration of St. Gabriel the Archangel

Today we begin to anticipate the joys of tomorrow's great feast of the Incarnation of Our Lord. The great messenger of God, the herald of salvation, the comforter of Our Lord in Gethsemane-- the Archangel Gabriel-- is honored today. The traditional calendar of the Church sets March 24 as his feast, giving him, like St. Michael and St. Raphael, his own day instead of mashing them together in a lumpenfest later in the year.


Anonymous said...

It doesn't seem that the code of canon law allows episcopal conferences to impose their own holy days of obligation (cf. CIC, 1246).

thetimman said...

Mea culpa! I blew that one, didn't I?

I must have been thinking that the power of the national Bishop's conferences to reduce the obligation days also included the power to add. It does not.

I'm sorry for the confusion.

Anonymous said...


I just want to check on why you are calling tomorrow the "Feast of the Incarnation." I agree it is an incarnation as Jesus does become flesh as He is conceived in His Mother's Womb at the Annunciation. I believe, however, that the "Feast of the Incarnation" is Christmas. Does the EF calendar call tomorrow "Feast of Incarnation"? Thanks very much! Cheers!

thetimman said...

Not as an official title, but just as a descriptor. Annunciation is the title in both forms.

Anonymous said...

Got it. Thanks!