The Annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to Mary
1st Joyful Mystery of the Rosary
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. He went in and said to her, "Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you." She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, "Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God's favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end." Mary said to the angel, "But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?" "The Holy Spirit will come upon you," the angel answered "and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God." "I am the handmaid of the Lord," said Mary "let what you have said be done to me." And the angel left her. Mary set out at that time and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. (Luke 1: v 26-39)
Meditation: Our hearts are full of thanksgiving as we contemplate the great love of God in choosing Mary to be the Mother of His Son. Mary is entrusted with the mission of bearing our Saviour Jesus. She is the first to know Him, to love Him, to treasure His holy name. Today Mary comes to say to each of us "God loves you. Christ has come for you." She wishes to tell us that God is the truth. He exists. In Him is to be found true happiness. I thank you Jesus for the joy and hope with which you will fill my heart through Mary.
Eternal Father by the merits of the incarnation,
may we follow Mary's example of humility and obedience which were so pleasing to you.
Mary my Mother, teach me to listen to God's word and speak this word to others.
Help me always to say "yes" to God.
L'Annonciation de l'Ange Gabriel à la Vierge Marie
Premier Mystère Joyeux du Saint Rosaire avec Sr Hyacinthe OP
The Annunciation - As we contemplate now Mary's yes to God's plans for her life, we pray that we may also open our hearts and minds to God's unique plan and call to each one of us, and that guided by the Holy Spirit and with Mary our mother beside us, we may say 'yes' to God today and every day of our lives.
The angel said to her "Mary, do not be afraid. You have won God's favour. Listen, you are to conceive and bear a son and you must name him Jesus."
Click here for more on this mystery & feast of the Annunciation by Blessed John Paul II, Papa Benedict XVI & Pope Francis.
BXVI: ".. So let us return to the question with which we begun, the one about the origin of Jesus, synthesized by Pilate’s question: “Where are you from?” From our reflections it appears clear, right from the beginning of the Gospels, what the true origin of Jesus is: He is the Only-Begotten Son of the Father, He comes from God. We are before the great and disconcerting mystery which we celebrate in this time of Christmas: the Son of God, through the work of the Holy Spirit, was incarnate in the womb of the Virgin Mary. This is an announcement that rings out ever new and that in itself brings hope and joy to our hearts, because each time it gives us the certainty that, even though we often feel weak, poor, incapable in the face of the difficulties and evil of the world, the power of God acts always and works wonders in weakness itself. His grace is our strength (cf 2 Cor 12:9-10). Thank you." (2.01.13)
3 2us by Father John Edwards SJ
"We should be so grateful that we have a mother like Mary. A mother is one who gives life. The life of Christ, which is meant to be in each one of us, comes as a condition through Mary. As St Augustine said: "From one woman, death (meaning Eve), from a woman, life (meaning Mary). On 25th March we should, among other things, be very grateful to our mother."
[Ave Maria sung by Anna Johnstone]
3 2us by Father Anthony Doe
"We must always remember that Our Lady is the Lord's first disciple. And what she did we are called to do as well. To find a way, through the grace of the Holy Spirit, of responding more and more in our own life with that prayer that she first uttered to the angel Gabriel. "Let it be done to me according to your word." It's the prayer that sums up the attitude of faith; it's the prayer that Our Lady wants to encourage us to pray every day, with great openness of heart, because it's the prayer that allows Jesus to come and make his home deep within us, incarnate his presence in us, and so enable us then to share with him that great prayer for the mercy of the Father on the world."
[Music: Blessed Mother by Zealous]
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