Feast of the Annunciation
This week the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of the Annunciation. It is the day when the ArchAngel Gabriel supposedly came and visited Mary and told she would be with child. Now according to our Gregorian calendar, that would put little baby Jesus’s birth right around late August or early September But who’s counting?
I will have a lot more to say about the Mary figures in the bible in future books, but for now, here’s a quickie little bit from the first book:
An excerpt from The Good Wiccan Guide – Part One: Introduction and Popular Mythology.
What I mean to say is that, the Catholic Church, unlike most other Christian denominations, embrace a form of the G*ddess. The Virgin Mary always figures prominently in any Roman Catholic Church. From the beginning, she had her own special altar at the front right side of my childhood church. There were weekly rosaries where the women of the church got together and chanted the Hail Mary, invoking this G*ddess energy. The sparkly colored jeweled rosaries were like Eastern prayer beads. And this seemed to me, really not so far removed from the group prayer and chanting of Eastern Mysticism. The only reason why it did not sound as ‘mysterious’ as the Eastern ‘nam myoho renge kyo’ mystic stuff is because the words were being said in English, and I understood them.