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THE FIRST JOYFUL MYSTERY

The Annunciation

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Let us remember how close to us all, even as to Mary, are God's angels and His holy inspirations.

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  1. The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a virgin; and the virgin's name was Mary. (Luke 1:26, 27)
  2. Rejoice, so highly favored! The Lord is with you. (Luke 1:28)
  3. She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean. (Luke 1:29)
  4. But the angel said to her, 'Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God's favor.' (Luke 1:30)
  5. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. (Luke 1:31)
  6. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High; and his reign will have no end. (Luke 1:32, 33)
  7. Mary said to the angel, 'But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?' (Luke 1:34)
  8. The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. (Luke 1:35)
  9. And so the child will be hold and will be called Son of God. (Luke 1:35)
  10. 'I am the handmaid of the Lord', said Mary 'Let what you have said be done to me." (Luke 1:38)
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Meditations by Richard Cardinal Cushing