O Key of David, opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom: come and free the prisoners of darkness!
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”
This Fourth Sunday of Advent turns our attention to the Virgin Mary and to her Fiat (her YES to God’s plan). As Saint Augustine would say of Mary: “Mary is more blest in her believing, than in her conceiving.” And as Elizabeth will say of Mary: “Blest is she who believed that the words of the Lord to her would be fulfilled” (Lk 1:45). The picture today is the Annunciation to Mary by Van Eyck. And today we have the ancient Basque Carol, The Angel Gabriel.