Annunciation (St. Luke 1: 26-39)
In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in
Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant
of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, "Greetings,
you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting
this might be. But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you
have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son,
and you are to give him the name Jesus. He 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, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom
will never end."
"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"
The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power
of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be
called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a
child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth
month. For nothing is impossible with God."
"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have
said." Then the angel left her.
Visitation (St. Luke 1: 40-48)
At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town
in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted
Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her
womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she
exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will
bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to
me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in
my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord
has said to her will be accomplished!"
And Mary said:
"My soul glorifies the Lord
and my spirit rejoices
in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful
of the humble state
of his servant.
From now on all generations
will call me blessed, ..."
Nativity (St. Luke 2: 6-12)
While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she
gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed
him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch
over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and
the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the
angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy
that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has
been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You
will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
Presentation in the Temple (St. Luke
When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had
been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to
the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male
is to be consecrated to the Lord", and to offer a sacrifice in keeping
with what is said in the Law of the Lord: "a pair of doves or two young
Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and
devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit
was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would
not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ. Moved by the Spirit, he went
into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to
do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his
arms and praised God, saying:
"Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you now dismiss your servant in peace.
For my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the sight of all
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel."
The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is destined
to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that
will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.
And a sword will pierce your own soul too."
Finding of our Lord in the Temple (St.
Luke 2: 41-50)
Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover.
When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the
custom. After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home,
the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.
Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they
began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did
not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three
days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening
to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at
his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were
astonished. His mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like
this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you."
"Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to
be in my Father's house?" But they did not understand what he was saying
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