Saint Luke 1: 28
In order that the mystery of the Most High might be fulfilled, the holy archangel Gabriel and
accompanied by innumerable angels in visible human forms and resplendent with incomparable
beauty, entered into the chamber, where most holy Mary was praying. It was on a Thursday at
six o clock in the evening and at the approach of night.
The holy archangel saluted our and his Queen and said:
"Ave gratia plena, Dominus tecum, benedicta tu in
mulieribus" (Luke 1, 28). Hearing this new salutation
of the angel, this most humble of all creatures was disturbed,
but not confused in mind (Luke 1, 29).
This disturbance arose from two causes: first, from her
humility, for She thought Herself the lowest of the
creatures and thus in her humility, was taken unawares at
hearing Herself saluted and called the "Blessed among women;"
secondly, when She heard this salute and began to consider
within Herself how She should receive it, She was interiorly
made to understand by the Lord, that He chose Her for His Mother,
and this caused a still greater perturbance, having such a humble
opinion of Herself.
On account of this perturbance the angel proceeded to explain to Her
the decree of the Lord, saying : "Do not fear, Mary, for thou hast
found grace before the Lord (Luke 1, 30); behold thou shalt conceive a
Son in thy womb, and thou shalt give birth to Him, and thou shalt name
Him Jesus; He shall be great, and He shall be called Son of the Most High,"
and the rest as recorded of the holy archangel.
Our most prudent and humble Queen alone, among all the creatures, was
sufficiently intelligent and magnanimous to estimate at its true value
such a new and unheard of sacrament; and in proportion as She realized
its greatness, so She was also moved with admiration. But She raised her
humble heart to the Lord, who could not refuse her
any petition and in the secret of her spirit She asked new light and assistance
by which to govern Herself in such an arduous transaction; the Most High,
in order to permit Her to act in this mystery solely in faith, hope and
charity, left Her in the common state and suspended all other kinds of
favors and interior elevations, which She so frequently or continually
In this disposition She replied and said to holy Gabriel, what is written
in saint Luke: "How shall this happen, that I conceive and bear; since I
know not, nor can know, man ?" At the same time She interiorly represented
to the Lord the vow of chastity, which She had made and the espousal, which
his Majesty had celebrated with Her.
The holy prince Gabriel replied (Luke 1, 24): "My Lady, it is easy for the
divine power to make Thee a Mother without the co-operation of man; the
Holy Spirit shall remain with Thee by a new presence and the virtue of the Most
High shall overshadow Thee, so that the Holy of holies can be born of Thee,
who shall himself be called the Son of God.
To this earth the Onlybegotten of the Father shall lower Himself in order to
converse with men and communicate to them the treasures of his Divinity,
imparting to them his virtues and his immutable and eternal perfections."
And behold, thy cousin Elisabeth has likewise conceived a
son in her sterile years and this is the sixth month of her
conception; for nothing is impossible with God. He that can
make her conceive, who was sterile, can bring it about, that
Thou, Lady, be his Mother, still preserving thy virginity
and enhancing thy purity.
At the same moment, with a humility never sufficiently to
be extolled, inclining slightly her head and joining her
hands, She pronounced these words, which were the beginning
of our salvation: "Ecce ancilla Domini, Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum" (Luke 1,31).
At the pronouncing of this "fiat," so sweet to the hearing of
God and so fortunate for us, in one instant, four things happened.
First, the most holy body of Christ our Lord was formed from the
three drops of blood furnished by the heart of most holy Mary.
Secondly, the most holy soul of the same Lord was created, just as the
Thirdly, the soul and the body united in order to compose His perfect humanity.
Fourthly, the Divinity united Itself in the Person of the
Word with the humanity, which together became one composite
being in hypostatical union; and thus was formed Christ true
God and Man, Our Lord and Redeemer.
This happened in springtime on the twenty-fifth of March,
at break or dawning of the day, in the same hour, in
which our first father Adam was made and in the year of
the creation of the world 5199, which agrees also with
the count of the Roman Church in her Martyrology under
the guidance of the Holy Ghost.
Conformable to this the world was created in the month of
March, which corresponds to the beginning of creation.
And as the works of the Most High are perfect and complete
(Deut. 32, 4), the plants and trees come forth from the hands
of his Majesty bearing fruit, and they would have borne them
continually without intermission, if sin had not changed the
In the same instant, in which the Almighty celebrated the
nuptials of the hypostatic union in the womb of most holy Mary,
the heavenly Lady was elevated to the beatific vision and the
Divinity manifested Itself to Her clearly and intuitively.
by Bernardo Daddi; 1335; Musée du Louvre, Paris;
by Sandro Botticelli; 1490-1492; Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence;
by Giorgio Vasari; 1564-1567; Musée du Louvre, Paris;
Hail Mary, full of grace,
the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women, and
blessed is the fruit of they womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen
V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
R. Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
V. And the Word was made Flesh.
R. And dwelt among us.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Jesus Christ.
Let us Pray: Pour forth, we beseech Thee,
O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we, to
whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made
known by the message of an Angel, may by His Passion
and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection;
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Pray the Angelus morning, noon and night to remember
that God the Son became man for our salvation.
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