Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Annunciation

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you." But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him 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 ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?" 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 holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God." Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." Then the angel departed from her. Luke 1:26-38

The Annunciation

Oh Mary I am with you
weep as your heart overflows
the weight of God's love
will fill your young body
and change your life forever.

From this day forward never
will you be simply a child
always a mother, the virgin
giving her life for another
who gives his life for the world.

Weep Mary for the great burden
is new life for all the world
and you alone will carry him
you alone will be misunderstood
you alone will ache in the night.

Weep, Mary as you rejoice
the angel visitation in deep night
the hosts of heaven will be your aide
reluctant Joseph will walk with you
and you alone will feel the first kick.

Weep and pray Mary mother of all
for your burden is tremendous and wondrous
your life transformed and hidden
your body completely given to another
the world id grateful for your sacrifice.

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