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The Annunciation

1.- The time for the Incarnation is at hand.
2.- Of all women God prepared Mary from her conception to be the Mother of the Incarnate Word.
3.- The Angel Gabriel announces: "Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with thee."
4.- Mary wonders at this salutation.
5.- The Angel assures her: "Fear not . . . you shall conceive in your womb, and give birth to a Son."
6.- Mary is troubled for she has made a vow of virginity.
7.- The Angel answers that she will conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit, and her Son will be called the Son of God.
8.- The Incarnation awaits Mary's consent.
9.- Mary answers: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done unto me according to your word."
10.- The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.
Spiritual Fruit: Humility


The visitation

  1.- Mary's cousin Elizabeth conceived a son in her old age . . . for nothing is impossible with God.
2.- Charity prompts Mary to hasten to visit Elizabeth in the hour of her need.
3.- The journey to Elizabeth's home is about eighty miles requiring four or five days.
4.- Though long and arduous, the journey is joyous, for Mary bears with her the Incarnate Word.
5.- At Mary's salutation, John the Baptist is sanctified in his mother's womb.
6.- Elizabeth exclaims: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb."
7.- "How have I deserved that the mother of my Lord should come to me?"
8.- "Blessed is she who believed that the Lord's words to her would be fulfilled."
9.- Mary replies: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit finds joy in God my Savior."
10.- Mary serves her cousin in all humility for three months until the birth of John the Baptist.
Spiritual Fruit: Love of Neighbor

The Nativity

  1.- Joseph and Mary go to Bethlehem to comply with the decree of Caesar Augustus.
2.- The hour for Mary to give birth is near, but there is no room in the inn.
3.- In the stillness of the night, the Savior is born in a cave, Mary remaining a Virgin.
4.- She wraps Him in swaddling clothes and lays Him in a manger.
5.- In unspeakable joy Mary gathers to her bosom the Flower of her virginity.
6.- Jesus enters the world in poverty to teach the lesson of detachment from earthly things.
7.- The angel announces to the shepherds: "Today there is born to you in the town of David a Savior, Who is Christ the Lord."
8.- The angelic chorus sing: "Glory to God in the highest, and peace to His people on earth."
9.- The shepherds come to the stable to pay homage to the Infant Jesus.
10.- The Magi come to adore the Holy Child and offer Him gifts.
Spiritual Fruit: Poverty of Spirit

The presentation

  1.- Observing the law of Moses they take Jesus to the temple to present Him to the Lord.
2.- According to the Law the firstborn male child of every family should be consecrated to the Lord.
3.- Mary offers her Son to the Father, then ransoms Him back at the price paid by the poor.
4.- Jesus is not subject to the law of Moses, yet to teach obedience, submits to it.
5.- Mary is not subject to the law of purification, yet in humility she submits to it.
6.- God had revealed to Simeon that he would not see death until he had seen the Messiah.
7.- Recognizing the Child, he prays: "Now you can dismiss your servant in peace. You have fulfilled your word."
8.- "This Child is destined to be the downfall and rise of many in Israel, a sign that will be opposed."
9.- And to Mary Simeon reveals: "And your own soul a sword shall pierce."
10.- After they fulfill all the Law requires they return to Nazareth.
Spiritual Fruit: Purity of mind and body

The finding of Jesus in The Temple.

  1.- When Jesus is twelve years old, He goes with His parents to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover.
2.- After the feast of the Passover, Joseph and Mary unknowingly set out for Nazareth without Jesus.
3.- At the end of the first day's journey they discover Jesus is missing.
4.- His parents return immediately looking for Him.
5.- This loss causes grief and anxiety beyond our understanding to the hearts of Mary and Joseph.
6.- On the third day they find Jesus in the Temple among the Doctors who were astonished at His wisdom.
7.- Mary: "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been searching for you in sorrow."
8.-Jesus: "Why did you search for me? Did you not know that I must be about my Father's business?"
9.- Jesus goes down with them to Nazareth, and is subject to them.
10.- Mary keeps all these things in her heart.
Spiritual Fruit: Obedience

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