Today we begin to anticipate the joys of tomorrow’s great feast of the Incarnation of Our Lord. The great messenger of God, the herald of salvation, the comforter of Our Lord in Gethsemane– the Archangel Gabriel– is honored today. The traditional calendar of the Church sets March 24 as his feast, giving him, like St. Michael and St. Raphael, his own day instead of mashing them together in a lumpenfest later in the year.