Dei praesidio fultus greets Rev. Fr. Michell Joe B. Zerrudo on the occasion of his 21st sacerdotal anniversary!
¡Felices bodas de latón!
However, although the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin mayeth now keep its place, and be celebrated on the eighth calends of April in the whole Church: the Church of Toledo nevertheless retaineth both solemnities: one in the month of March, as it mayeth follow the most hallowed custom of the Church of Rome, which is the instructress and mother of all churches: another on the eighth day before the birthday of the Lord: first, since this solemnity was instituted by the very Church of Toledo, and received with great veneration by other churches, it mayeth be celebrated hitherto through all Spain; second, since certainly, therefore, on this very day, the Most Holy Virgin might have deigned to consecrate with her presence the cathedral of Toledo, and to adorn her servant Ildephonsus with holy gifts.It profits us greatly to notice that at the onset of the 16th century, the feast on 18 December had already been called the Annunciation of Holy Mary of the O. Part of which name persists even to our time in the ubiquitous Marian advocacy of Nuestra Señora de la O, the more popular name by which the Expectation of the Blessed Virgin is known in Spain and in her former colonies. Many authors have already explained to us the origin of this curious appellation, and there are two outstanding theories, one of which The Catholic Encyclopedia dismisses as impossible.