December 24, 2019
The Birth of Jesus Foretold
26In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32He 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, 33and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34"How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?”
35The 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[a] the Son of God. 36Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37For no word from God will ever fail.”
38"I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. "May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.Luke 1: 23-38
The Magnificat Luke 1:46-55:
My soul magnifies the Lord
And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior;
Because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid;
For behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed;
Because He who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is His name;
And His mercy is from generation to generation
on those who fear Him.
He has shown might with His arm,
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and has exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich He has sent away empty.
He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of His mercy
Even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever.
You'll likely remember that a few years ago, when Martha and I took a short vacation in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, we happened upon Poorrock Abbey, got on their mailing list and I sent you one of their mailings. We just received their Christmas mailing, which contains the Magnificat from the Vespers for St. Nicholas of Myra, which I include here:
"Adorn yourself, O cave of Bethlehem, for the Mother comes, who bears Christ in her womb. O manger, receive the Word, who destroys the sins of mankind. O shepherds, keep watch and bear witness to the awesome wonder. O Magi, come from Persia and bring to the King your gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. For the Lord has manifested Himself from the Virgin Mother. Worshipping Him, whom she held in her arms, she greeted Him within her heart, saying: How were You conceived in me, how did you grow in me, O my God and my Savior?"
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