Annunciation of the blessed Virgin Mary.
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WE beseech thee, O Lord, pour thy grace into our hearts; that,
as we have known the incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ by the
message of an angel, so by his cross and passion we may be brought
unto the glory of his resurrection; through the same Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.
For the Epistle. Isaiah vii. 10.
MOREOVER the LORD spake again unto Ahaz, saying, Ask thee
a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in
the height above. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will
I tempt the LORD. And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David;
Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my
God also? Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold,
a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name
Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to
refuse the evil, and choose the good.
The Gospel. St. Luke i. 26.
AND in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God
unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused
to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the
virgin's name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said,
Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed
art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled
at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation
this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary:
for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt
conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his
name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of
the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne
of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob
for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said
Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall
come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow
thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee
shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth,
she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the
sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing
shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the
Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed