The Annunciation

Excerpt from, The Divine Life of the Most Holy Virgin, by Venerable Mary of Agreda, pages 52-53:

…Mary was troubled, because, through her profound humility,she believed herself the least of all creatures, and again she could not understand how she was to become a mother, yet, at the same time, preserve her vow of chastity.  The Archangel having explained the difficulties and dissipated her doubts, the Blessed Virgin humbly bowed her head and gave her consent to the ineffable mystery of the Incarnation of the Word.  Absorbed in the thought that God wished her to become His Mother, she offered ardent acts of love and conformity to the Divine Will.  Her chaste heart, generally compressed by the ardor of its motions and of her affection, distilled three drops of blood, which fell into her virginal womb.  Of these the Holy Ghost formed the little body of our Saviour, so that, by the force of divine love, the most pure heart of Mary alone furnished that from which was formed the divine body of the Son of God.  The Incarnation was really effected at the moment in which Mary, bowing her head, pronounced the words:  Ecce ancilla Domini; fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum – “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to thy word.”  At the same instant the most holy soul of our Saviour was created and infused into His body, and His Divinity was united to His humanity by the Hypostatic Union.  This was operated on Friday, the 25th of March, at dawn of day, the same hour in which Adam had been created.

A Consecration Prayer

For those of you who are making your Consecration to Mary tomorrow, on the Feast of the Annunciation, or renewing your consecration of one year ago or more, I wish you a blessed and peaceful day in the company of our Mother.  I offer up a prayer now that all the external circumstances will come to pass that you are desiring/imagining/preparing the details of in your mind for a beautiful consecration or consecration renewal day.  But we all know the pace of life, the unforeseen events, the “best laid plans of mice and men”.  So be at peace, wherever you may find yourself, with whatever circumstances may arise to change the ideal situation you have been planning.  In our humanity, we receive comfort from our external surroundings, and joy from a beautiful, calm, peaceful environment for special occasions such as this.  But Mary receives comfort from the interior workings of our hearts, joy in our interior environment.  She desires all that is beautiful for us, but understands that “perfect” settings are not always possible.  Be at peace, knowing that we can be in the company of Mary anywhere, all day, every day, forever.

Prayer of Offering to Mary (by St. Francis de Sales)

Most Holy Mary,
Virgin Mother of God,
I am unworthy to be your servant.
Yet moved by your motherly care for me
and longing to serve you,
I choose you this day
to be my Queen, my Advocate, and my Mother.
I firmly resolve ever to be devoted to you
and to do what I can
to encourage others to be devoted to you.

My loving Mother,
through the Precious Blood of your Son shed for me,
I beg you to receive me as your servant forever.
Aid me in my actions
and beg for me the grace
never by thought, word, or deed,
to be displeasing in your sight
and that of your most holy Son.
Remember me, dearest Mother,
and do not abandon me at the hour of death.