"The Annunciation" (detail) by Murillo

“The Annunciation” (detail by Murillo

“Hail, [Mary] full of grace, the Lord is with you… 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. 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 father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there will be no end… 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, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” (St. Gabriel the Archangel; Luke 1:28,30-33,35-37)

September 29 is the Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels

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