Skip to comments.Christian Churches to Celebrate 'Feast of The Enunciation'
Posted on 03/27/2011 9:49:12 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
GENEVA, Switzerland--Rediscovered last spring on the antiquities 'grey market,' the apocryphal Gospel of Stephen is rewriting Christian tradition in hundreds of churches around the world. "It gives us a whole new picture of how the angel Gabriel told Mary she'd one day give birth to Jesus Christ," said Father Peter Emmel.
Now thousands of faithful, in nearly all Christian denominations, will celebrate the feast of the Biblical 'Enunciation,' in which the Virgin Mother asked Gabriel if he could please repeat his announcement.
Christians usually celebrate the angel's declaration on March 25th of each year. The new Enunciation feast will also be observed on the 25th, but a few minutes later, during a second course nearly identical to the first.
According to Father Emmel, "priests will lead their congregations in prayers of penitence. Then the congregations will beg for pardon, and the mass will be repeated."
Some Church leaders oppose the changes. But Father Emmel and other proponents of the new Gospel note that the Enunciation was in fact known--and embraced--by many Church authorities in antiquity.
"El Greco even painted a version of the Enunciation in 1574, with the angel Gabriel supporting a golden trumpet against Mary's ear," Father Emmel said.
Mary is famously associated with several other mishearings in the Christian religion, notably the common garbling of the Christmas Carol "Silent Night," misheard by many to describe the Blessed Mother as "Round John Virgin."
The rediscovery of the Stephen Gospel may help explain this quirk of the Christian faith--even as the new gospel transforms the religion with impressive speed.
"I've christened five childen 'Enunziata' already," said Father Emmel. "Things have never changed faster"
El Greco painted a version of the Enunciation in 1574, with the angel Gabriel supporting a golden trumpet against Mary's ear.
Could you please re-post this? :-)
Is this different from the Annunciation?
Religious satire should only be attempted by professionals, like Monty Python.
Is this followed by the “Feast of the Assention”, when the Holy Spirit came to Mary and she assented?
Indeed, it follows hard upon.
Yes, although she just presumed Joseph would be down with it. (The Feast of the Presumption.)
The problem is that many like the author of this piece and other posters are now moving one step further and denying the incarnation completely. They see our worship of the 100% man and 100% God Jesus Christ as a joke.
I would have expected it to be called the iNunciation.
There will always be people who scoff, but I don’t think that means believers have to be humorless. God must have a sense of humor too, just look at the platypus!
True — but I was directing this at the Original Poster. Remember that we had a leftist sleeper here called Hank kerchief who posted threads to cause fights between various Christian groups. He was exposed, but he served his purpose. We have others..