Living in the Two Hearts

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The Annunciation!

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on December 19, 2008

Greetings!: This is a continuation of an Advent reflection as seen from the eyes of the Mother of the Redeemer, the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Please refer to the first post in this series: INTRODUCTION if you are a first time reader.

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Note: In this as in other great mysteries of the Blessed Virgin’s life which she herself described to the mystics, quotations from her own words are printed in italics.

[Biblical Passages will follow in BOLD black print when they apply.]

“My love for God burned in my heart even more intensely than before and every day my soul was enkindled with new fervor and longing. So I withdrew from everything even more than formerly…

On the day before the occurrence of this mystery I thought I would die and my heart would burst with love and longing, if God’s Providence had not comforted me. He filled my soul with the firm hope that the Saviour would descend without delay.  But on the other hand my humility made me fear lest my presence in the world might perhaps delay His coming.”

One the eve of the Annunciation, at the bidding of the Divine Will, the Archangel Gabriel presented himself before the throne of God, and the Blessed Trinity instructed him in the exact words with which he was to greet and speak to Mary…

Accompanied by thousands of resplendent angels, Gabriel descended from the highest heaven, delighted to obey God’s epochal command…Directing his flight toward Nazareth in Galilee, Gabriel arrived at Mary’s modest little cottage as night was falling, when as usual she retired to pray in her small, bare room.

The Blessed Virgin was now fourteen and a half years old. While taller than other girls of her age, she was perfectly proportioned…(see attached picture)

“That night I prostrated myself devoutly in prayer, and with the most intense love I begged the Lord that He might…let me live long enough to see His Mother with my eyes, serve her with my hands, bow my head before her in reverence, and place myself completely at her service.

I began to meditate on the great power of God: how the angels and all creatures serve Him, and how indescribable and immense is His glory. And while I was marveling over this, all of a sudden I perceived three wonderful things:

I saw a star, but not like those that shine in the sky…unlike any light in this world…I inhaled a scent, but not one that comes from plants or anything of that kind – it was an utterly sweet and almost ineffable scent which completely filled my soul and made me thrill with joy.  Then I heard a voice, but not a human voice…and suddenly there appeared before me the Angel of God…”

Recognizing him as an envoy of God, Mary with her usual humility wished to bow reverently before him. But Gabriel would not allow it. Instead he bowed profoundly before his Queen.

“And he said to me: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee…”

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 virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” ~Luke 1:26-28

“When I heard this greeting, at first I was indeed frightened, for I wondered whether it might be an illusion.  I asked myself what it might mean and why he uttered such a greeting, because I knew and considered myself unworthy…”

But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. ~Luke 1:29

Then Gabriel said:

“Do not be afraid, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. And behold thou [shall] conceive in thy womb and [shall] bring forth a Son. And thou [shall] call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give Him the throne of David His father, and He shall be king over the House of Jacob forever. And of His kingdom there shall be no end.”

And the angel said to her, “Do 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.” ~ Luke 1:30-33

As [Mary] slowly grasped the full significance of this tremendous grace, Mary raised her humble heart to God…

“I still did not believe myself worthy. And so I did not ask the Angel why or when, but I asked how it could happen that my unworthy self should become the Mother of God: How shall this happen, since I do not know man?”

But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” ~Luke 1:34 (NAB)

Gabriel answered:

“The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore the One to be born shall be called the Son of God. – And behold, Elizabeth thy kinswoman also has conceived in her old age, and she who was barren is now in her sixth month…” And the Angel answered me as I had said to myself: ” … For nothing shall be impossible with God.”

And the angel said to her, “The 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.” ~Luke 1:35-37

“After I heard these words, without doubting at all that he said was true, I felt in my heart an exceedingly fervent desire to be the Mother of God. I prostrated myself on the ground, and on my knees, with my hands joined, I worshiped God, and my soul cried forth with love:

Behold the handmaid of the Lord – Be it done to me according to thy word!”

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. ~Luke 1:38 (NAB)

…a celestial light filled Mary’s little room, dissolving the ceiling and revealing the heavens. In a dazzling beam could be seen a brilliant figure of the Blessed Trinity. The Holy Spirit appeared in a winged form…three intense rays flashed and darted into the right side of the Virgin, and she became entirely suffused with a glowing light.

As soon as I had spoken those words, the grace overwhelmed me…and my Son was instantly conceived in my womb by the Holy Spirit. He took flesh in my most pure body and an inexpressible rapture filled my soul and my whole body. And I humbled myself in every way, for I knew that the One whom I bore in my womb was the Almighty.

Lost in humility and burning love, Mary adored the Lord and gave Him her fervent thanks for having thus favored her and the whole human race…she prayed for new graces and light in order that she might be guided in all her actions as becomes the Mother of God.

And the Lord answered her:

“My Dove, do not fear, for I will assist thee in all things necessary for the service of the begotten Son.”

Meanwhile the Archangel Gabriel had departed…the radiant channel of light above Mary’s room vanished, [and] a number of closed white roses, each having green leaf, dropped slowly down over the Holy Mother of God, who remained utterly oblivious to everything around her.

Thus toward dawn, on a beautiful spring morning, in the clover covered hills of Galilee, did Almighty God consecrate to Himself, a pure and humble Jewish girl of Nazareth, making her and her modest home a new sanctuary and fulfilling in her the words of the Prophet-King: “The Most High [has] sanctified His own tabernacle. God is in thee hereof…”

SPEAKING OF THE ANNUNCIATION, THE BLESSED VIRGIN SAID TO ST. ELIZABETHOF SCHOENAU:

“Do you know why God did this? Because I had believed in Him and because I had humbled myself.”

[emphasis added]

Previous Posts:

Anne & Joachim
Nativity (Birth) of Mary
Infancy of Mary
Presentation/Service to the Temple
* Part I
* Part II
In The Temple
The Espousals
Preparation for the Annunciation
* Part I
* Part II
* Part III

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2 Responses to “The Annunciation!”

  1. I follow your posts for quite a long time and must tell that your posts always prove to be of a high value and quality for readers.

    • Anne Elizabeth said

      Thank you very much for your kind comment. May God’s blessing continue to reach you and those who visit in the most powerful way, bringing all ever closer to our Risen Lord!
      ~ Affectionately in the Two Hearts!
      Anne Elizabeth =-)

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