The angel Gabriel salutes the Blessed Virgin Mary
Luke 1:26-35, 38 NIV
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
[callout]This post is part of the Advent 2014 Festival of Lessons and Carols series, intended to ground us in the story of Jesus in the midst of the season’s busyness. I invite you to spend a couple minutes each day in December here to fill your soul with these lessons and carols and prepare your heart for Jesus to enter in this season of Advent. Click here for the full index of Lessons and Carols in this series.[/callout]