She saw an angel while praying. She was surprised because God did not send angels to her or anyone else unless it was important. The angel spoke to her. He said, “Greetings, Favored One! The Lord is With You!” (I once had a nun in elementary school who told us that was God saying to Mary, “Hey, Beautiful!) “Hail Mary, Full of Grace.” Of course, Mary was stunned! The angel, sensing her concern, said, “Don’t be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.” “The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women. Blessed is the Fruit of your womb, Jesus.” “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 was confused. She had never had sex with a man, even the one to whom she was engaged, Joseph. The angel continued: “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.”
Mary pondered what the angel had said. The angel then prophesied to her. “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.”
The angels held their breath, then Mary said, “Let it be done to me according to your word,” and the Son of God was conceived in the body of a woman, a pure vessel of love.
Mary left to visit Elizabeth who completed what is now known as The Hail Mary.
“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”
Mary, the Mother of God, pure and holy. Blessed above all women by God. She trusted. She accepted. In her most holy body, the babe who had been promised by the prophets was conceived. He grew among His people, learning from the woman who had carried Him in her womb and her husband Joseph.
So we pray, “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”
Luke 1: 26-45