In the sixth month of her pregnancy God sent the angel Gabriel to a young girl called Mary who lived in the town of Nazareth in Galilee. She was engaged to a man named Joseph.
The angel greeted her. “You are very privileged,” he told her. “The Lord is with you.” Mary was very puzzled at what he said, and wondered what this greeting meant.
“Don’t worry, Mary,” the angel went on, “for God has shown his graciousness to you. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. You shall call him Jesus. He will be very great, and he will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever. His kingdom will never come to an end.”
“How is this possible?” Mary asked. “I’m still a virgin.”
He replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will cover you. The baby who is to be born is holy, and will be called the Son of God. And Elizabeth, your relative, even she is pregnant in her old age. The woman that people said couldn’t have children is already six months pregnant. Nothing is impossible for God.”
“Here I am, ready to be the Lord’s servant,” said Mary. “May it happen to me just as you said.” Then the angel left her.