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The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord celebrates the coming of the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary and announcing to her that she is to be the mother of the Savior. On this feast, we switch to white vestments and pray the Gloria at the beginning of the Mass, both are symbols of the joy that accompanies the incarnation — Christ becoming human and choosing to be born as one of us. Even during the solemn penitential season of Lent, the Church acknowledges the coming of the Savior with hope and joy. For Catholics, the theological importance of the annunciation is it’s marking of the beginning of the fulfillment of God’s promises and preparations. (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 484) "Mary’s assent to the angel’s announcement was the beginning of Christ’s incarnation; God’s coming into the world a fully human, born as we are born, with a grace-filled human mother." Consider praying this novena: "A Heart Open to God’s Will: The Annunciation" or this "Respect Life Action Guide: Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord."