Monday, December 9, 2019

Saint December 10 : Our Lady of Loreto - remembering the home of Mary's birth and where the Incarnation happened

Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese,
The title Our Lady of Loreto refers to the Holy House of Loreto, the house in which Mary was born, and where the Annunciation occurred, and to a statue of Our Lady which is found there.
It is the first shrine of international renown dedicated to the Blessed Virgin and has been a true Marian centre of Christianity for several centuries.
Flown By AngelsTradition has it that a band of angels scooped up the house from Nazareth in the Holy Land to save it.
From pillaging and destruction and transported it first to Tersatto, Dalmatia in 1291. It is said investigations at the time found the house was built of limestone, mortar and cedar wood. These materials were commonplace In Nazareth, but almost unobtainable in Dalmatia (Yugoslavia).
Then three years later, the little house was said to have been once more flown by angels this time to Recanati, where he did not stay long, and finally on to Loreto in Italy.
Today's BasilicaA vast Basilica with a huge dome has been built over the site of the Holy House. The Popes have always held the Shrine of
Loreto in special esteem, taking it directly under the authority because of the "divine mysteries which took place there".
Written at the door of the Basilica are the words: "The whole word has no place more sacred....for here was the word made flesh, and here was born the Virgin Mother..."
On entering the Basilica, one finds beneath the central dome, and just behind the high altar, a rectangular edifice of white marble, richly adorned with statues. However the white marble forms only a protective coat. The contrast between the exterior richness and the poverty of the interior is stark.
Inside are the plain, rough walls of a cottage of great antiquity, ten metres by five metres and about five metres high. In its original form the Holy House had only three walls because the eastern side, where the altar now stands, opened onto a Grotto.
In the centre of the House of Our Lady, there is a replica of a wooden statue of the Madonna. The original one, made of cedar of Lebanon, arrived at Loreto together
with the house, but has since been destroyed. The dark colour of the image represents the original image of Our Lady of Loreto, which was carved from wood and subsequently darkened over the centuries of being exposed to the soot from the oil lamps which burn in the Chapel. The original statue was destroyed by fire, and the friars determined that it would be most proper that the replacement statue reflect the darkened condition of the original prior to the destruction by fire.
Sacred OilsThere are seven oil lamps which burn continuously in the Shrine. Each day the lamps are filled with a special oil which will burn through the time the Chapel is open to pilgrims,
who come in their thousands. Prior to filling the lamps each day, what oil remains in the lamps is poured into small bottles. For centuries this oil, blessed by both a priest with a sacred blessing, and by Our Lady as it burns in the Shrine, has long been valued by pilgrims to the Shrine as an oil of blessing and healing.
The Pope's believe divine mysteries have taken place at the Shrine.
Papal MessagesOn 4 October, 1962, Pope John XX111 announced: "This is the lesson that comes from Nazareth: holy families blessed love and homely virtue, blossom with the warmth of ardent hearts that are full of generosity and good will."
The same theme was also taken up by Pope John Paul 11 when he went on a pilgrimage to Loreto on 8 September, 1979. He said:" The House of the Holy Family!
It was the first temple, the first church, on which the Mother of God shed her light through her motherhood. She irradiated it with the light which
comes from the great mystery of the Incarnation; from the mystery of her Son."
Pope John Paul 11 also expressed the hope that all the children belonging to the human family may have a roof over their heads and be given a home. The Holy Family of Nazareth is a model and the guardian of all Christian families. This is why the faithful invoke the Virgin of Loreto, Patroness of the family and of the home.
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Free Movie : "The Song of Bernadette" about Our Lady named "I am the Immaculate Conception"

The Song of Bernadette (1943) 156 min - Biography | Drama - April 1945 (USA)  The Apparitions occurred in 1858 France. Based on the novel by Franz Werfel, "The Song of Bernadette" is a sympathetic account of the life of Saint Bernadette Soubirous, a sickly (asthmatic) French peasant girl who claimed to have seen 18 miraculous visions of a "beautiful lady" near her home village of Lourdes in 1858. Bernadette had become so happily excited by her initial vision, which she claimed included her having been instructed by this "beautiful lady" to return each day for 15 days*.
Director: Henry King Writers: George Seaton (screenplay), Franz Werfel (novel) Stars: Jennifer Jones, Charles Bickford, William Eythe |

Saint December 9 : St. Juan Diego the Witness of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico


 


Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin
St Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin (1474-1548). Little is known about the life of Juan Diego before his conversion, but tradition and archaelogical and iconographical sources, along with the most important and oldest indigenous document on the event of Guadalupe, "El Nican Mopohua" (written in Náhuatl with Latin characters, 1556, by the Indigenous writer Antonio Valeriano), give some information on the life of the saint and the apparitions.

 Juan Diego was born in 1474 with the name "Cuauhtlatoatzin" ("the talking eagle") in Cuautlitlán, today part of Mexico City, Mexico. He was a gifted member of the Chichimeca people, one of the more culturally advanced groups living in the Anáhuac Valley.
When he was 50 years old he was baptized by a Franciscan priest, Fr Peter da Gand, one of the first Franciscan missionaries. On 9 December 1531, when Juan Diego was on his way to morning Mass, the Blessed Mother appeared to him on Tepeyac Hill, the outskirts of what is now Mexico City. She asked him to go to the Bishop and to request in her name that a shrine be built at Tepeyac, where she promised to pour out her grace upon those who invoked her. The Bishop, who did not believe Juan Diego, asked for a sign to prove that the apparition was true. On 12 December, Juan Diego returned to Tepeyac. Here, the Blessed Mother told him to climb the hill and to pick the flowers that he would find in bloom. He obeyed, and although it was winter time, he found roses flowering. He gathered the flowers and took them to Our Lady who carefully placed them in his mantle and told him to take them to the Bishop as "proof". When he opened his mantle, the flowers fell on the ground and there remained impressed, in place of the flowers, an image of the Blessed Mother, the apparition at Tepeyac.
With the Bishop's permission, Juan Diego lived the rest of his life as a hermit in a small hut near the chapel where the miraculous image was placed for veneration. Here he cared for the church and the first pilgrims who came to pray to the Mother of Jesus.
Much deeper than the "exterior grace" of having been "chosen" as Our Lady's "messenger", Juan Diego received the grace of interior enlightenment and from that moment, he began a life dedicated to prayer and the practice of virtue and boundless love of God and neighbour. He died in 1548 and was buried in the first chapel dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe. He was beatified on 6 May 1990 by Pope John Paul II in the Basilica of Santa Maria di Guadalupe, Mexico City.
The miraculous image, which is preserved in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, shows a woman with native features and dress. She is supported by an angel whose wings are reminiscent of one of the major gods of the traditional religion of that area. The moon is beneath her feet and her blue mantle is covered with gold stars. The black girdle about her waist signifies that she is pregnant. Thus, the image graphically depicts the fact that Christ is to be "born" again among the peoples of the New World, and is a message as relevant to the "New World" today as it was during the lifetime of Juan Diego.
Text : Vatican.va

Pope Francis to Seminarians "Here the experience of silence and prayer is fundamental: it is there, in the to remain in his presence..." Full Text


SPEECH OF THE HOLY FATHER FRANCIS
TO THE COMMUNITY OF
PONTIFICAL REGIONAL SEMINAR FLAMINIO "BENEDETTO XV" IN BOLOGNA

Sala Clementina
Monday, 9 December 2019

Dear brothers in the episcopate and in the priesthood,
dear seminarians!

I welcome you to the centenary of the foundation of the Pontifical Regional Flaminio Seminary, commissioned by Saint Pius X. I greet you all from my heart; I thank Cardinal Matteo Zuppi for his words, and I greet with affection Mons. Luigi Bettazzi, who is almost the same age as the Seminar! This important anniversary is a happy occasion to reflect on the beauty of the call to the ministerial priesthood, which gives us the gift and the commitment to represent the Good Shepherd in the midst of his People and live as the Good Shepherd in the midst of his People.

To prepare for this mission, Mother Church asks to take a serious formative journey, which the environment of the Seminary can offer in the best way. In this perspective, I would like to indicate to you three aspects that identify this place and especially the time of formation and preparation for the priesthood, which is the seminary. It is a house of prayer, a house of study, a house of communion.

You are called to be evangelizers in your region, also marked by de-Christianization. Those who are more exposed to the cold wind of uncertainty or religious indifference need to find in the person of the priest that robust faith that is like a torch in the night and like a rock to which to cling. This faith is cultivated above all in the personal relationship, heart to heart, with the person of Jesus Christ. And the Seminary is first of all the house of prayer where the Lord again calls "his" in "a secluded place" (see Lk 9:18), to live a strong experience of meeting and listening. Through this way, he wants to prepare them to become "educators of the People of God in the faith", and to enable them to "proclaim the Word of God with authority", to "gather the People" and nourish them with the Sacraments to "lead them on the way of salvation". »And preserve it in unity (see Paul VI, Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii nuntiandi, 68).

It is therefore necessary to dedicate adequate commitment to spiritual formation. These are the most favorable years to learn to "be with him", enjoying with astonishment the grace of being his disciples, learning to listen to him, to contemplate his face ... Here the experience of silence and prayer is fundamental: it is there, in the to remain in his presence, which the disciple can know the Master, as he is known from him - St. Paul would say (see 1 Cor 13:12). But the encounter with Jesus in the face and in the flesh of the poor is also essential. This too is an integral part of the spiritual formation of the seminarian.

The second aspect that identifies the Seminar is that of study. The study is part of an itinerary aimed at the education of a living faith, a conscious faith, called to become the pastor's faith. The study, in this journey, is a privileged instrument of a sapiential and scientific knowledge, capable of ensuring a solid foundation for the whole building of the formation of future priests. It is also an instrument of shared knowledge. Let me explain. The commitment to study, even in the seminary, is clearly personal, but it is not individual. Sharing lessons and studying with seminary companions is also a way to become part of a presbytery. In fact, without neglecting personal inclinations and talents, in fact, enhancing them, in the Seminar we study together for a common mission, and this gives a very special "flavor" to learning Sacred Scripture, theology, history, law and each discipline. The different personal sensitivities are compared in the common horizon of the call and of the mission; and this thanks to the service of teachers who, in turn, teach within this same ecclesial horizon, free from all self-centredness. It's nice to study like this, in this environment.

And we come to the third dimension: the Seminary as a house of communion. This aspect is also "transversal", like the other two. It starts from a human basis of openness to others, of listening and dialogue skills, and is called to assume the form of presbyteral communion around the Bishop and under his guidance. The pastoral charity of the priest cannot be credible unless it is preceded and accompanied by fraternity, first among seminarians and then among presbyters. A fraternity increasingly impregnated with the apostolic form, and enriched by the traits proper to diocesanity, that is, by those peculiar characteristics of the people of God and of the saints, especially of the holy priests, of a particular Church.
In this context, the Seminar qualifies as a path that educates candidates to evaluate their every action in reference to Christ and to consider belonging to the only presbyterate as a prior dimension of pastoral action and a testimony of communion, indispensable for effectively serving the mystery of the Church and its mission in the world.

Here I would like to stop for a moment to summarize the four "neighborhoods", the four attitudes of proximity of diocesan priests. Being close to God in prayer, I said, we begin with the seminary. Being close to the bishop, always close to the bishop: without the bishop the Church does not go, without the bishop the priest can be a leader but he will not be a priest. Third neighborhood: to be near the presbytery, among you. This is something that makes me suffer when I see fragmented presbyters, where they are one against the other, or all are courteous but then speak against each other. If there is not a united presbytery ... This does not mean that one cannot argue, no, one discusses, ideas are exchanged, but charity is that which unites. And the fourth closeness: closeness to the people of God. Please don't forget where you come from. Paul told Timothy: "Remember your mother and your grandmother", that is, of the roots; remember that you were taken by the flock and you came because the Lord chose you. You have not come to make an ecclesiastical career, as they used to say, in a literary style of other centuries. Proximity to God, closeness to the bishop, closeness to the presbytery, among you, and closeness to the people of God. If one of these is missing, the priest will not work and will slowly slip into the perversion of clericalism or into rigid attitudes. Where there is clericalism there is corruption, and where there is rigidity, under rigidity, there are serious problems.

Dear Seminarians, yesterday we celebrated the solemnity of the Immaculate. Mary shines in the Church for her unique vocation lived in the following of her Son, in humble and courageous obedience to God's plan of love. She, who was always united to Jesus from conception to death on the cross, helps you to discover every day the "treasure", the "precious pearl" which is Christ and his Kingdom, and to become joyful heralds of his Gospel. The Seminary is also the time when Mary as Mother is welcomed into her home, into her life, like the apostle John. Accompany you.

I thank you for your visit. I bless your journey, with the intercession of Saint Pius X and exemplary witnesses that the Archbishop recalled at the beginning. I pray for you. And you, too, please pray for me. Thanks.
Full Text + Image Source: Vatican.va - Unofficial Translation

#BreakingNews Death Toll Rises to 141 Killed from Attacks since October in D.R. of Congo


AFRICA/DR CONGO - New massacres in North Kivu bring the number of victims, since October 30, to 141 Kinshasa

(Agenzia Fides) - More dead and wounded due in the assaults of the ADF/NALU militiamen in the territory of Beni, in North Kivu (in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo). According to the NGO of CEPADHO civil society, on December 5, fourteen civilians were killed in Kolikoko and another ten in Mantumbi, in two ADF attacks.
The first attack was that of Kolikoko, in the district of Mabasele, in the rural municipality of Oicha around 4 am. According to local civil society, three men were killed on the Oicha-Maliki road, right in front of the hand-washing device created in the fight against the Ebola epidemic. The ADF militiamen cut the head of one victim and the hands of the others. One Bible was imbued with the blood of another victim.
The second attack took place a little further west, in the village of Mantumbi, around 2 pm. Ten civilians were killed, CEPADHO fears that the final toll is much higher, because there are still people missing.
According to CEPADHO, with these latest massacres, there are 141 civilian victims of the ADF assaults in this area, in retaliation for the vast offensive launched by the Congolese army since October 30th.
The massacres have provoked strong protests from the local population, which asks the national army and the forces of the UN mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) to take concrete initiatives to protect civilians.
On a political level, on November 26th, a declaration signed by some parliamentarians deplored the fact that the military operations started on October 30 against the ADF were not accompanied by preventive actions to protect the civilian population in case of reprisals.
The declaration also complains about the lack of a clear identification of the enemy and the absence of a serious inquiry into the allegations of complicity on behalf of some members of the national army and the Congolese national police, stressing the need to alternate officers serving in the Beni region for a long time, with the risk that they become accomplices of armed groups active in the area.
On 2 December the Bishops of Kivu decreed the suspension for one day of ecclesial activities to protest the massacres of civilians (see Fides, 3/12/2019). (L.M.) (Full Text Source: Agenzia Fides, 9/12/2019) - Image Source Google Images - Amnesty

Pope Francis to "A Chance in Life" - "..initiatives offer children and adolescents in situations of particular hardship a chance to surmount their difficulties and to realize fully God’s plan for each of them."


GREETING OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS TO SUPPORTERS OF "A CHANCE IN LIFE"
Consistory Hall
Monday, 9 December 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I am pleased that we have this opportunity to meet. I thank Mr Guy Chiarello for his greeting, and I offer a cordial welcome to all of you, supporters of the organization A Chance in Life.
Born of the vision of Monsignor John Patrick Carroll-Abbing, over the years your organization has developed to the point where today it supports a variety of educational initiatives that have benefited thousands of boys and girls in Italy, Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala and Peru. These initiatives offer children and adolescents in situations of particular hardship a chance to surmount their difficulties and to realize fully God’s plan for each of them.
The first step, greatly desired by your founder, was the national Boys’ Town of Italy foundation. Thanks to your generous support, today it can boast a long tradition of commitment to the service of disadvantaged young people in accordance with an educational methodology based on self-governance. In creative fidelity to its original charism, the foundation is making an effort to be more incisive and effective in carrying out its mission in a world that presents ever new educational challenges. I am pleased to know that these efforts are inspired by the recommendations I made in the Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ in the name of an integral ecology aimed at the development of each individual and the world around us.
It is essential to train new generations in the exercise of an active and participatory citizenship centred on the human person and care for the environment. Technological innovation is also needed to achieve these goals, and young people, if well motivated, will in fact be able to attain them, since they have been born and raised in today’s fast-paced technological world.
I am certain that, as it faces this new challenge, the national foundation for Boys’ and Girls’ Towns will be able to count on your support. I thank you for your sensitivity and concern for the least of our brothers and sisters. May God reward your passionate commitment and always accompany your efforts to build a world of greater fraternity.
Upon all of you I invoke the Lord’s blessing, which I gladly extend to your families. And I ask you, please, to remember to pray for me.
Full Text + Image Source: Vatican.va

#BreakingNews Fire at Illegal Factory in India with 43 People Killed


Delhi, workers massacred in fire at illegal factory: 43 dead
The fire broke out in the old quarter of the capital, made up of narrow streets and alleys. Relief efforts were hampered, but they saved 58 people. The workers were mostly migrants from Bihar; paid less than 13 euros per month.


New Delhi (AsiaNews / Agencies) - At least 43 people died in the fire of an illegal bag factory in Delhi, in the old part of the city. The fire broke out yesterday morning around 5.20 (local time) on the ground floor of the building and spread rapidly to the three upper floors which also housed the workers' dormitory. The victims are all factory workers who died of asphyxiation and burns.

The news of the fire has upset the Indian capital. This is the worst accident since 1997, when 59 spectators died in flames in a cinema. At the moment the causes are still unknown. Meanwhile, the media reported the arrest of Rehan, the owner of the industry.

The fire broke out in the area of ​​Azad Market, characterized by a tangle of alleys. The maze of narrow streets made rescue operations and the arrival of the fire brigade vehicles difficult.

The latter managed to save 58 people, cutting the grates of the windows and lowering themselves from adjacent buildings. One of them, Rajesh Shukla, nicknamed the "hero of the fire", brought 11 people to safety, being injured in turn.

The factory permits are under scrutiny. The warehouse produced school backpacks. Investigators also investigate the lack of emergency exits. The witnesses of the adjacent buildings tell of having shouted at the trapped people to get on the roof of the factory to save themselves.

Ronak Khan, a 17-year-old who lives in the building next door, remembers having "woken up because of screams and the cries for help. We told them to get on the roof so we could help them." But the workers would found the exits blocked and were stuck in what later turned out to be a death trap.

The families of the victims report that the workers were mostly migrants from Bihar, one of the poorest Indian states, where famine and floods push people to try their luck in the big cities. Some of them were paid just 1,000 rupees, or almost 13 euros, a month.
Full Text Source: AsiaNewIT - Image Source: Google Images Firehouse

Pope Francis appoints Philippine Cardinal Tagle as New Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples


CBCP Report: By Roy Lagarde

December 8, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Pope Francis has tapped Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila as the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

The appointment was announced in Rome on Sunday at 12 noon (7pm in the Philippines).

Tagle will replace Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who assumed as the new Grand Master of the Order of the Holy Sepulcher.

With the nomination of Tagle, an Asian cardinal returned to the leadership of the important department for evangelization after Indian Cardinal Ivan Dias, who served the post from 2006 to 2011.

Announced a few days before the end of his trip to Thailand and Japan, the Vatican News said that Pope Francis “once again shows great attention to the Asian continent.”

Born in Manila in 1957, Tagle took his Philosophy and Theology at the Ateneo De Manila University’s San Jose Major Seminary. He was ordained priest for the Imus diocese in 1982.

From 1985 to 1992, he was sent to further studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. where he got his Doctorate in Sacred Theology.

He also spent seven years in Rome to deepen his studies and in 1997 joined the International Theological Commission.

While serving as rector of the Imus cathedral in 2001, he was named bishop of the diocese at the age of 44 by Saint John Paul II in October 2001.

In October 2011, Pope Benedict XVI appointed him as Archbishop of Manila, and 13 months later, during the last consistory of the pontificate of Pope Ratzinger, he received the cardinal’s hat.

In addition to leading the archdiocese, Tagle has also been serving since 2015 as president of Caritas Internationalis, a confederation of Catholic charities around the world.

As Caritas head, his activities have been as numerous as in the past. He travels throughout the world to visit Caritas projects.

As a theologian, he is also a much-sought-after conference giver.

Tagle has participated in 1998, 2005, 2008 and 2012 synods at the Vatican. In 2014, he was one of the 3 presidents of the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family.

Tagle is the second Filipino to become prefect of a dicastery, following the late Cardinal Jose Tomas Sanchez, who served as prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy from 1991 until 1996.

Sanchez also served as secretary of the Propaganda Fide, which will soon be headed by Tagle.

The cardinal is set to be installed at his new post in the Vatican at the beginning of 2020, according to Vatican News.
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Today's Mass Readings and Video : Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - #Eucharist


Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Lectionary: 689 Reading 1GN 3:9-15, 20
After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,
the LORD God called to the man and asked him, “Where are you?”
He answered, “I heard you in the garden;
but I was afraid, because I was naked,
so I hid myself.”
Then he asked, “Who told you that you were naked?
You have eaten, then,
from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!”
The man replied, “The woman whom you put here with me—
she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.”
The LORD God then asked the woman,
“Why did you do such a thing?”
The woman answered, “The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it.”

Then the LORD God said to the serpent:
“Because you have done this, you shall be banned
from all the animals
and from all the wild creatures;
on your belly shall you crawl,
and dirt shall you eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will strike at your head,
while you strike at his heel.”

The man called his wife Eve,
because she became the mother of all the living.

Responsorial PsalmPS 98:1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4

R.(1) Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done wondrous deeds;
His right hand has won victory for him,
his holy arm.
R. Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.
The LORD has made his salvation known:
in the sight of the nations he has revealed his justice.
He has remembered his kindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
R. Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation by our God.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
break into song; sing praise.
R. Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous deeds.

Reading 2EPH 1:3-6, 11-12

Brothers and sisters:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,
to be holy and without blemish before him.
In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ,
in accord with the favor of his will,
for the praise of the glory of his grace
that he granted us in the beloved.

In him we were also chosen,
destined in accord with the purpose of the One
who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will,
so that we might exist for the praise of his glory,
we who first hoped in Christ.

AlleluiaSEE LK 1:28

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you;
blessed are you among women.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent from God
to a town of Galilee called Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph,
of the house of David,
and the virgin's name was Mary.
And coming to her, he said,
"Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you."
But she was greatly troubled at what was said
and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
Then the angel said to her,
"Do not be afraid, Mary,
for you have found favor with God.
Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name him Jesus.
He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High,
and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father,
and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever,
and of his Kingdom there will be no end."
But Mary said to the angel,
"How can this be,
since I have no relations with a man?"
And the angel said to her in reply,
"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, Elizabeth, your relative,
has also conceived a son in her old age,
and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren;
for nothing will be impossible for God."
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.