The Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary. So as much as I might like to throw around the word annunciation on this blog. It is not the word I use when describing this event to my 7-year old. I don’t even use its etymological cousin, announcement. When we see Mary together with the Angel having a chat, we see Mary agree to take on this mantle. She decides to make this journey. She opts in to becoming the Queen of Heaven.
After the busy & crowded nature table of late fall, we have enjoyed this first week of Advent with our table covered in a collection of blue silks and a few precious crystals and stones. It is a perfect time to focus on Mary and her making a choice to carry the light. In this time of the year when it feels as if the light is slipping away, we can all choose to carry and share light.
Tomorrow begins the second week of Advent and we will add things from the plant kingdom to our table. This will include our wooden stable, which is Mary’s destination for this trip. But for tonight, we will have Mary on her journey alone.
The first light of Advent, it is the light of the stones,
Light that shines in crystals, in seashells, and in bones.
The second light of Advent is the light of plants,
Roots, stem, leaf, flower and fruit by whom we live and grow.
The third light of Advent, it is the light of the beasts,
The light of hope that we may see in greatest and in least.
The fourth light of Advent, it is the light of man,
The light of love, the light of thought, to give and understand.
(I don’t know the source of the verse, but i got this version from our school newsletter last year)