On the afternoon of Sunday 27 March the Cathedral welcomed Mothers’ Union members from across the Melbourne Diocese for their annual Lady Day Celebration, commemorating the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
At the annunciation, Mary made a free choice to be the bearer of a child who would bring freedom to the entire world. In the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55), Mary speaks for those who are oppressed in telling us that justice is at the heart of the Christian message. She rejoices because of the freedom God offers in lifting the humble high.
The Dean, the Very Revd Dr Andreas Loewe, led the service and welcomed Mothers’ Union members back to the Cathedral once again after the two previous Lady Day Services had been cancelled due to COVID-19.
The Right Revd Genieve Blackwell, Assistant Bishop, preached the sermon reminding the congregation that nothing is impossible with God, and also provided an update on the important work being done on the Preventing Violence Against Women Program led by the Diocese and Mothers’ Union worldwide.
During the service, Jeanette Jasper received her Fifty Year Service certificate and badge from MU Melbourne President Elaine Longford. Jeanette was due to receive the award in 2020, however the service was cancelled at the last minute due to the first COVID-19 Lockdown.
Images: Ming Zhou