† The Annunciation of Our Most Holy Lady, the Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary
When Mary the Virgin was about fourteen years old, the Archangel Gabriel came to Joseph's dwelling, where she was living, and said to her, 'Rejoice, thou Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.' Receiving assurance that she had been chosen to be the Mother of God Himself, she answered in humility, 'Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.' Immediately, the Holy Spirit came upon her, the power of the Most High overshadowed her, and the Incarnation, long awaited by the whole creation, took place: He who contains the whole universe consented to be contained in the womb of one woman, the most holy Theotokos.
The Church teaches us that
it was within the holy Virgin's power to refuse the divine conception: her
knowing and willing acceptance, the consummation of the faith of the whole
righteous remnant of
Carrying in her womb the Saviour
of the Universe, the Virgin went to the hills of
Chanted by: Archimandrite Nikodimos Kabarnos
Σήμερον τῆς σωτηρίας ἡμῶν τό Κεφάλαιον, καί τοῦ ἀπ᾽ αἰῶνος Μυστηρίου ἡ φανέρωσις· ὁ Υἱός τοῦ Θεοῦ, Υἱός τῆς Παρθένου γίνεται, καί Γαβριήλ τὴν χάριν εὐαγγελίζεται. Διό καὶ ἡμεῖς σὺν αὐτῷ τῇ Θεοτόκῳ βοήσωμεν· Χαῖρε Κεχαριτωμένη, ὁ Κύριος μετὰ σοῦ.
Sources: Ancient Faith Radio