The Annunciation should be observed with special joy as the feast on which God became an unborn child, thus sanctifying all life in the womb as he sanctified it at every stage. In the same manner, we celebrate Christmas with a deep awareness that it is the feast of the Incarnation, and therefore inherently proclaims the truth of the sanctity of all human life.
The Annunciation: A Feast of Life
Three national Catholic pro-life apostolates, Priests for Life, Human Life International, and the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, have drafted the following statement and have invited other Catholic leaders to join them in giving special attention to the pro-life meaning of the Feast of the Annunciation.
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The Magisterium’s most comprehensive statement on the sanctity of life, the encyclical Evangelium Vitae, was issued on March 25, 1995, the Solemnity of the Annunciation. This feast marks the moment at which the Incarnation took place. At Mary’s "Fiat," God began existing in a human nature - a human nature at the earliest stages of its development within Mary’s body.
"Mary’s consent at the Annunciation and her motherhood stand at the very beginning of the mystery of life which Christ came to bestow on humanity" (Evangelium Vitae, 102).
As Catholic leaders at a time when our society is beset with the evil of abortion, and when the human embryo is treated as a mere object for scientific research, we believe that the celebration of the Feast of the Annunciation is more important than ever. By celebrating this Feast with special solemnity, and by spending more time meditating on its doctrinal and spiritual lessons, the faithful can be even more solidly rooted in their pro-life convictions, and spurred on to effective action in defense of life.
We pray that the pastors of the Church will lead their congregations in special pro-life observances on this Solemnity each year.
Click here to view the leaders who have signed this statement, including Karen Garnett, Executive Director of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee.