The Mystery of Christmas

Holy Gospel according to Saint Luke 1:26-38 (extracts) GODsent the Angel Gabriel to a Virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the House of David. The Virgin’s name was Mary. When the Angel had entered Her house, he said to Her, “Behold, Thou shalt conceive in Thy womb, and shalt bring forth a Son, and Thou shalt call His name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High; the Lord God will give Him the throne of David His father. He shall be King over the House of Jacob forever. And of His Kingdom there shall be no end.” “But since I have resolved to remain a virgin,” said Mary, “how shall this be done?” “The Holy Spirit shall come upon Thee; the Power of the Most High shall overshadow Thee. Therefore, the Holy One to be born of Thee shall be called the Son of God.” Then Mary replied, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to Me according to thy word.”