The following homily was preached at the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin on the Feast of the Annunciation, 8th April 2002, by the Reverend Louis Weil, James F. Hodge Professor of Liturgics at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific.
"Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
Let it be to me according to your word."
Luke 1: 38
About two years ago, a new statue of Our Lady and the Infant Jesus was installed in St Matthew's Church in London. It caused a minor furor in the religious press.