Ecce Ancilla Domini! (Behold the Lord’s Servant)
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882
Pour your grace into our hearts, O Lord, that we who have known the incarnation of your Son Jesus Christ, announced by an angel to the Virgin Mary, may by his cross and passion be brought to the glory of his resurrection; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Book of Common Prayer, 240
As this Collect makes clear: it’s all connected. In the life of Jesus—and ours—their is birth, the cross and passion, death, and “the glory of … resurrection.” Let us live life fully. ~Fr. Dan
The Annunciation (pp. 188 and 240)
In the Gregorian sacramentary this collect is used as a postcommunion prayer for the feast of the Annunciation [….] Cranmer translated it:
We beseech thee, Lord, pour thy grace into our hearts; that, as we have known Christ thy Son’s incarnation by the message of an angel; so by his cross and passion we may be brought into the glory of his resurrection; Through the same Christ our Lord
Both the 1662 revision and this  Book made changes for the sake of clarification, though the substance of the original remains. In an admirable way the collect links the Annunciation and the Incarnation with the themes associated with the time of the year [Lent] in which the feast occurs.
Marion J. Hatchett, Commentary on the American Prayer Book, (New York: The Seabury Press, 1981), p. 200
Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.
- Commentary on the American Prayer Book (Hatchett, on Amazon.com)
- Ecce Ancilla Domini! (Art in the Christian Tradtion)
- Commentary on Ecce Ancilla Domini! (by Hovak Najarian)
- Lectionary Readings for this Commemoration (Lectionary Page)
Image: Art in the Christian Tradition (Vanderbilt Divinity Library)