The angel Gabriel said to Mary "Rejoice, full of grace! The Lord is with you." Luke 1:28
This Wednesday March 25 we celebrate the feast of the Annunciation of the Lord.
Pope Benedict XV1 points out that the angel's greeting using the Greek formula chaire means rejoice. "This exclamation from the angel - we could say - marks the true beginning of the New Testament...Gospel - Good News."
We remember the Annunciation when we recite the Church's Marian prayer Hail Mary. Today is an especially good day to say the Hail Mary slowly and prayerfully pondering on the words and what they mean for us.
With children home from school at present, you may like to learn with young people this Hail Mary song which is signed for the deaf community. Here
The famous painting of the the Annunciation featured on the sliders is by Fra Angelico. The original is displayed in the Prado Museum, Madrid.