annunciation_BOTTICELLI, Sandro

Novena for the Annunciation of the


                     THIRD DAY

 The Effect of the Angel’s Salutation


My Queen, my Mother, remember I am thine own. Keep me, guard me, as thy property and possession!


The effect of the angel’s salutation on Mary was striking. Imbued with sentiments quite different from ours, she was troubled at the praise addressed to her. Meanwhile she is silent and considers within herself what might be the meaning of these words. And now the angel calls her by name, saying, “Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of David His father: and He shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end”


Let us admire the prudence shining forth in Mary. After hearing the angel’s words of praise she was silent and thought within herself what kind of a salutation this was. She is very careful and prudent. On this her conduct St. Thomas Aquinas remarks: “Mary did not refuse to believe, nor did she receive the message with credulity. She avoided Eve’s gullibility and the distrust of Zachary the high priest.” And St. Bernard writes: “Mary preferred to remain silent in humility, rather than to speak inconsiderately.” Let us strive always to speak and act with deliberation. Our conversation ought always to be judicious; for often a word spoken inconsiderately causes bitter regret. St. Thomas Aquinas observes: “Song was given to a number of creatures, but human beings alone were endowed with the faculty of speech, to indicate that in speaking we should use our reason.” And St. Chrysostom says: “Let us always guard our tongue; not that it should always be silent, but that it should speak at the proper time.”


I rejoice with thee, O Virgin ever blessed, because by thy humble word of consent thou didst draw down from the bosom of the eternal Father the divine Word into thy own pure bosom. O draw, then, ever my heart to God; and with God bring grace into my heart that I may ever sincerely bless thy word of consent, so mighty and so efficacious.

                     Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of death. Amen.


Virgin Mary, Mother of God, pray to Jesus for me!


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