August 9, 2022     2:41 pm
24. Forth Week in Advent - Tuesday
Mary conceives
          Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.   Isaiah 7:14
          Six months after the events told yesterday, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin of the house and lineage of David engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, also of the house of David: and the virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in to her and said: "Hail, you are highly favoured; the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women." And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered in her mind what manner of salutation[opening of a speech] this should be. And the angel said to her: "Fear not, Mary; for you have found favour with God. And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call His name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest. And the Lord God shall give to Him the throne of His father David. And He shall reign over the house of David forever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end." Then Mary said to the angel: "How shall this be, seeing I have not slept with a man?" And the angel answered and said to her: "The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you; therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, your cousin Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible." And Mary said: "behold the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.(Luke 1, 26-38.) In this way the above prophecy was fulfilled. The eternal Son of God had become man in the womb of the Virgin Mary, conceived by the Holy Spirit.
          PRAYER: - Lord God, Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your unspeakable grace, that You have regarded us poor sinners, and have sent Your Son into our flesh and have caused Him to become man for us. I pray You so to illumine my heart with Your Holy Spirit, that I may comfort myself with His incarnation, suffering, and death, and know and accept Him as my Lord and eternal King, and that through Him I may live with You and the Holy Spirit in eternal blessedness. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     2:41 pm