Tuesday, December 11, 2007

The Annunciation

The Annunciation by Francesco Albani (1578-1660)

The angel came in unto her,and said "Hail thou that art highly favored,the Lord is with thee;blessed art thou among women." Luke 1:28

To a maid engaged to Joseph, the angel Gabriel came.“Fear not,” the angel told her, “I come to bring good news,Good news I come to tell you, good news, I say, good news.
“For you are highly favored by the God the Lord of all,Who even now is with you. You are on earth most blest,You are most blest, most blessèd, God chose you, you are blest!”
But Mary was most troubled to hear the angel’s word.What was the angel saying? It troubled her to hear,To hear the angel’s message, it troubled her to hear.
“Fear not, for God is with you, and you shall bear a child.His name shall be called Jesus, God’s offspring from on high.And he shall reign forever, forever reign on high.”
“How shall this be?” said Mary, “I am not yet a wife.”The angel answered quickly, “The power of the Most HighWill come upon you shortly, your child will be God’s child.”
As Mary heard the angel, she wondered at his words.“Behold, I am your handmaid,” she said unto her God.“So be it; I am ready according to your word.



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