Inspirational Sonnets by George K. Johnson (1920-2007), member of Holy Trinity Anglican Church.
The Annunciation of The Blessed Virgin Mary, March 25
Collect: WE beseech thee, O Lord, pour thy grace into our hearts; that, as we have known the incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ by the message of an angel, so by his cross and passion we may be brought unto the glory of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
ANNUNCIATION OF THE VIRGIN MARY
God sent his trusted angel Gabriel
To Nazareth in Galilee one morn
And to a startled virgin to foretell
Of her the Son of God was to be born.
As Jesus (Yahweh saves) would He be called,
The throne of David would He sure ascend
To rule the House of Jacob e’er installed,
"And of His Kingdom there will be no end."
This maiden Mary, troubled at the news,
Told Gabriel that she had never wed,
But when assured a caring God would use
The Holy Ghost to come to her, she pled,
Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord;
So let it be according to your word."
Saint Matthias the Apostle, February 24
Collect: O ALMIGHTY God, who into the place of the traitor Judas didst choose thy faithful servant Matthias to be of the number of the twelve Apostles; Grant that thy Church, being alway preserved from false Apostles, may be ordered and guided by faithful and true pastors; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Collect: ALMIGHTY and everliving God, we humbly beseech thy Majesty, that, as thy only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple in substance of our flesh, so we may be presented unto thee with pure and clean hearts, by the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.