The Angel Gabriel
announces: “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with thee.”
Mary wonders at this
The Angel assures her:
“Fear not . . . you shall conceive in your womb, and give
birth to a Son.”
Mary is troubled for
she has made a vow of virginity.
Angel answers that she will conceive by the power of the Holy
Spirit, and her Son will be called the Son of God.
The Incarnation awaits
Mary answers: “Behold
the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to your
The Word was made
flesh and dwelt among among us.
Visitation Mary set out and traveled to the house of Zechariah and greeted
Elizabeth. When Eliz-abeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in
her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a
loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is
the fruit of your womb.” (Lk 1:39-45)
cousin Elizabeth conceived a son in her old age . . . for
nothing is impossible with God.
prompts Mary to hasten to visit Elizabeth in the hour of her
journey to Elizabeth’s home is about eighty miles requiring
four or five days.
long and arduous, the journey is joyous, for Mary bears with
her the Incarnate Word.
Mary’s salutation, John the Baptist is sanctified in his
Elizabeth exclaims: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed
is the fruit of your womb.”
have I deserved that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”
“Blessed is she who believed that the Lord’s words to her
would be fulfilled.”
replies: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my
spirit finds joy in God my Savior.”
serves her cousin in all humility for three months until the
birth of John the Baptist.
3. The Birth
of Our Lord And Mary gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling
clothes and laid him in a manger . . . And suddenly there was a
multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God
in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
and Mary go to Bethlehem to comply with the decree of Caesar
hour for Mary to give birth is near, but there is no room in
stillness of the night, the Savior is born in a cave, Mary
remaining a Virgin.
wraps Him in swaddling clothes and lays Him in a manger.
unspeakable joy Mary gathers to her bosom the Flower of her
enters the world in poverty to teach the lesson of detachment
from earthly things.
angel announces to the shepherds: “Today there is born to you
in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord.”
angelic chorus sing: “Glory to God in the highest, and peace
to His people on earth.”
shepherds come to the stable to pay homage to the Infant
Magi come to adore the Holy Child and offer Him gifts.
Presentation in the Temple Mary and Joseph took the baby Jesus to the Temple to present him to
the Lord. At the temple Simeon and Anna came forward, gave thanks to
God and spoke about Jesus to all who were present. (Lk 2:22-38)
Observing the law of Moses they take Jesus to the temple to
present Him to the Lord.
According to the Law the firstborn male child of every family
should be consecrated to the Lord.
offers her Son to the Father, then ransoms Him back at the
price paid by the poor.
is not subject to the law of Moses, yet to teach obediance,
submits to it.
not subject to the law of purification, yet in humility she
submits to it.
revealed to Simeon that he would not see death until he had
seen the Messiah.
Recognizing the Child, he prays: “Now you can dismiss your
servant in peace. You have fulfilled your word.”
Child is destined to be the downfall and rise of many in
Israel, a sign that will be opposed.”
Mary Simeon reveals: “And your own soul a sword shall pierce.”
they fulfill all the Law requires they return to Nazareth.
Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple The boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not
know it. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the
midst of the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
Jesus is twelve years old, He goes with His parents to
Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover.
the feast of the Passover, Joseph and Mary unknowingly set out
for Nazareth without Jesus.
end of the first day’s journey they discover Jesus is missing.
parents return immediately looking for Him.
loss causes grief and anxiety beyond our understanding to the
hearts of Mary and Joseph.
third day they find Jesus in the Temple among the Doctors who
were astonished at His wisdom.
“Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have
been searching for you in sorrow.”
“Why did you search for me? Did you not know that I must be
about my Father’s business?”
goes down with them to Nazareth, and is subject to them.