Our Lady’s Life Before the Annunciation


What was Mary’s life like before the angel Gabriel appeared to her?

Mary’s early years are shrouded in mystery. The Bible doesn’t tell us much about her existence before the Annunciation. However, the few details that the Gospel of Luke provides allow us at least to catch a glimpse of Mary’s life before the fateful day when she would become the mother of the Messiah.

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Great moments in history: “Hail Mary, full of grace.” (Luke 1:28)

“Hail Mary, full of grace …”

The angel Gabriel didn’t “make up” these words. They are God’s … and never (before or since) were they ever addressed or applied to any other of God’s creatures.

After this, it is not at all surprising that, “From henceforth all generations shall call me (Mary) blessed.” (Luke 1:48)

It’s also not surprising that Mary would always be the most constant and faithful disciple of Jesus Christ, closely cooperating with him in his work of redemption … a mission that is still underway today … according to his grace.

Feast of the Annunciation – March 25th