In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth,
to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And he came to her and said, "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you."
But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be.
And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus."
Gospel of Luke 1:26-31
The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is the heart of Catholic Tradition and Christian Life. Jesus of Nazareth revealed to us the mystery of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, called the Holy Trinity in the Church. We celebrate the Mass or the Divine Liturgy, learn the Ten Commandments and the Eight Beatitudes, read the Bible, and receive the Seven Sacraments. In the Mass we share in the one Sacrifice on the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ as we await his Second Coming. The Eucharist is a Memorial of Our Lord's Last Supper. In the Eucharist the Church is as it were at the foot of the Cross with Mary, united with the offering and intercession of Christ. Receiving Holy Communion with others during the Liturgy brings unity of the Church, the Body of Christ.
God made us to know, love, and serve him in this world and be with him forever in the next. Three of our favorite prayers are the Lord's Prayer, the Our Father, the Hail Mary (or Ave Maria), and the Rosary. The Our Father is the prayer of hope given to us by Jesus himself in the Sermon on the Mount, recorded in the Gospel of Matthew (6:9-13). The Scriptural basis for the Hail Mary is from the Gospel of Luke (1:26-42). The Blessed Virgin Mary is the Mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Mark 1:1, Acts 9:20, Romans 1:4). As Jesus is both God and man, Mary is the Mother of God (Luke 1:43). Her intercessory role in the second part of the prayer is based on her mediation at the wedding feast of Cana, recorded in the Gospel of John (2:1-11). The Rosary is a Marian prayer depicting events in the life of Jesus Christ, Mary, and the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee,
blessed are thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen.
|PICTURES OF MARY|
"Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way.
When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together,
she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.
Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly.
But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said,
“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife,
for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins."
Gospel of Matthew 1:18-21