The Annunciation of the Lord

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By Catholic Digest Staff


The Annunciation of the Lord

March 25

 

Though not accepted by the Church as scripture, the apocryphal gospel of James (written around the 2nd century) describes a story of how Mary, at sixteen years of age, was called back to the temple where she was raised. The priests had decided to make a curtain for the holy temple, summoning “the pure virgins from the tribe of David” to spin the sacred threads. Chosen to refine the deep purple and scarlet threads, Mary returned home to dutifully set about her task, first fetching a cup of water to drink. “Rejoice, blessed one,” a voice suddenly called to her, “the Lord is with you.” Mary searched for the source of the voice but when she could not find one, fearfully returned to the house. She had just begun to spin the purple thread when an angel appeared before her saying, “Do not be afraid Mary. You have found grace before the Lord of all. You will conceive from his word.” Hearing the angels message Mary became upset, but the heavenly being reassured her, “…the power of God will come over you. Thus, the holy one who is born will be called son of the most high.”

 

Catholic Digest Staff