20 Dec 2013
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virginâ€™s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, â€œHail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!â€ But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, â€œDo not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.â€
But Mary said to the angel, â€œHow can this be, since I have no husband?â€ And the angel said to her, â€œThe Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God. And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.â€
And Mary said, â€œBehold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.â€ And the angel departed from her.
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.