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Annunciation of Mary
First Joyful Mystery of the Rosary

Annunciation of Mary
The Annunciation of Mary - Bartolomé Esteban Perez Murillo - 1865

The Annunciation of Mary, the first mystery of the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, holds a significant place in Christian theology. It captures the monumental encounter between the Archangel Gabriel and the Virgin Mary as described in the Gospel of Luke (1:26-38).

This divine revelation begins with the angelic salutation, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you,” signifying the commencement of a celestial proclamation that announces Mary’s crucial role in the divine plan to bring forth the Savior. Mary’s authoritative response, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word,” represents an extraordinary alignment of human will with the divine purpose.

This moment not only initiates the miraculous conception of Jesus Christ but also establishes the Blessed Virgin Mary as a central figure in the Christian narrative, embodying unwavering faith and obedience. The Annunciation of Mary, with its commanding tone, invites believers to reflect upon the profound interplay between the human and the divine, emphasizing the sacredness of Mary’s pivotal role in the unfolding drama of salvation.

Scriptures of the Annunciation of Mary

Luke 1:26-38

And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be.

And the angel said to her, Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the most-High; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob forever. And of his kingdom there shall be no end.

And Mary said to the angel “How shall this be done because I know not man?” And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most-High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren: Because no word shall be impossible with God.

And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

Scripture Commentary

Luke 1:26-38 is a passage from the Bible that narrates the angel Gabriel’s visit to Mary, announcing the miraculous conception of Jesus. Let’s break down the key elements of this passage:

Gabriel’s Visit (Luke 1:26-27)

The passage begins with the introduction of the angel Gabriel, sent by God to a town called Nazareth. Gabriel is a messenger of God, and his appearance is significant in biblical narratives. He is sent to a young woman who is a virgin, named Mary, who is engaged to a man named Joseph.

Gabriel’s Message (Luke 1:28-33)

Gabriel greets Mary with the words “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” This greeting perplexes Mary, but Gabriel reassures her. He announces that she has found favour with God and will conceive a son. This son will be named Jesus, and he will be great, called the Son of the Most High. God will give him the throne of David, and his kingdom will have no end.

Mary’s Question (Luke 1:34)

Mary, understandably perplexed, asks how this conception could happen since she is a virgin. This question reflects her human understanding and the recognition of the natural order of things.

Gabriel’s Explanation (Luke 1:35-37)

Gabriel explains that the Holy Spirit will come upon Mary, and the power of the Most High will overshadow her. This divine intervention will result in a holy offspring, the Son of God. Gabriel cites Mary’s relative Elizabeth, who in her old age, was considered barren but is now pregnant, as an example of God’s miraculous power. He also explains that nothing is impossible with God.

Mary’s Response (Luke 1:38)

The response of mary is a key moment in the passage. Despite the unusual and miraculous nature of the message, Mary expresses her submission to God’s will. She says, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” This showcases Mary’s faith, humility, and willingness to embrace her role in God’s plan.

Significance and Fulfillment of Prophecy

This passage is significant in Christian theology as it fulfills Old Testament prophecies regarding the Messiah. The announcement of Jesus’ birth to Mary sets in motion the unfolding of God’s plan for the redemption of humanity through the incarnation of the Son of God.

In summary, Luke 1:26-38 is a pivotal passage in the Bible, narrating the angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary about the miraculous conception of Jesus. The passage emphasizes divine intervention, Mary’s faith and obedience, and the fulfillment of Messianic prophecies.

Feast of the Annunciation

The feast of the Annunciation of Mary is a special day in the Christian calendar. It marks the moment when the angel Gabriel visited Mary to tell her that she would become the mother of Jesus. This event is significant because it symbolizes the beginning of the story of Jesus’ birth. According to Christian belief, Mary’s response to the angel’s message was a crucial part of God’s plan for salvation. The feast is observed on March 25 each year to honor and remember this important event in the Christian faith.

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Last Publish:  March 4, 2024