Advent Week 4 2020

 Advent Week 4

Birth and Hope

Contemplation Music: 

Holy is His name by John Michael Talbot


A Reading from the Gospel according to Luke (LK 1:26-38) 

Response: Glory to you O Lord. 

You will conceive and bear a son. 

The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town  

in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man  

named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s  

name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, so  

highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply  

disturbed by these words and asked herself what this  

greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do  

not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen!  You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must  

The Annunciation by John Collier

name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give  him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will  have no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?’ ‘The Holy  Spirit will come upon you’ the angel answered ‘and the power of the Most High will cover you with  its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your  kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called  barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God.’ ‘I am the handmaid of the Lord,’  said Mary ‘let what you have said be done to me.’ And the angel left her. 

The Gospel of the Lord 

Response: Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ 


This Gospel scene of the Annunciation is a very familiar one. It depicts in a vivid way the intervention  of God, into human history. How is this done? St. Luke tells us that the incarnation of the Divine  occurs through a respectful conversation: containing a greeting, an invitation, a question and a  response. The account of the Annunciation can be read both as an historical event wherein Jesus  the Son of God was born of Mary and also as a contemporary happening. We are all called to  continue the birthing of God in our world today. The scene of the Annunciation shows us how this  might occur through our respectful conversations and human encounters which invite the other to  awaken to the life-giving presence of the Spirit within the other. 



1. Can you recall a time when someone has come into your life in a surprising way and brought you  “good news” of hope and joy? 

2. Why do you think God always comes into our lives in a surprising and invitational way? 3. How can we mirror this respectful action of God in the way we relate with others? 

Concluding prayer….. 

Possibly a short Litany to Mary 

Mother of God…..teach us wisdom, teach us love 

Gentle Mother…..teach us wisdom, teach us love 

Quiet Light……..teach us wisdom, teach us love 

Morning Star……teach us wisdom, teach us love 

Woman of peace…teach us wisdom, teach us love 

Woman full of grace….teach us wisdom , teach us love 

Mother of Mercy….teach us wisdom, teach us love 

Further Resources

Please go to this link to view an explanation of the painting The Annunciation by John Collier.