The AnnunciationThese meditations are taken from "The City of God", by Venerable Mary of Agreda (Spain) Our Lady is alleged to have appeared to Venerable Mary daily over a period of approx. 10 years, instructing her to write the story of the lives of Jesus and Mary. A condensed version of this book (4 volumes, over 1600 pages) is called "Divine Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary", and costs just $6.00. One of the best books on the Rosary that I have ever read.
The Annunciation is the name for God's 'announcing'to Mary of Nazareth, that He wished her to become the Mother of His only begotten Son.
For infinite ages, the coming into the world of our Redeemer had been foretold to the angels, prophesied to man, and expected in the world. Now the wondrous time had arrived.
God instructed the Archangel Gabriel in the exact message he was to convey to Mary, and immediately Holy Gabriel, accompanied by thousands of beautiful angels, streamed down to earth, to Nazareth, in Galilee, to the humble abode of Mary.
Because of her great humility, she was extremely surprised to be visited by an angel, but was completely overwhelmed at his message.
She gave the matter deep consideration for several hours. Then with an intense love of God, so great we cannot begin to understand, She agreed to his request,saying,`Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to thy word.'