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First Joyful Mystery The Annunciationand when the angel had come to her,he said, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord iswith thee. Blessed art thou amongwomen.” Fruit of the Mystery: Humility
1. “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you.”“Do you know why God did this? Because I hadbelieved in Him and because I had humbled myself.”---The blessed Virgin spoke to St. Elizabeth of Schoenau.Leonardo Da Vinci. 1452-1519. The Annunciation. Uffizi. Florence. Italy
1A. “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you.”“Honour the angels. Pray to them often, live alwayswith them, and accept their guidance.” (Gobbi)Leonardo Da Vinci. 1452-1519. The Annunciation. Uffizi. Florence. Italy
According to John Paul, the Mother of the Redeemer, has a precise place in the plan of salvation: The Church teaches that Mary appeared on the horizon of salvation history before Christ. If the greeting and the name "full of grace" say all this, in the context of the angels announcement they refer first of all to the election of Mary as Mother of the Son of God. But at the same time the "fullness of grace" indicates all the supernatural munificence from which Mary benefits by being chosen and destined to be the Mother of Christ. If this election is fundamental for the accomplishment of Gods salvific designs for humanity, and if the eternal choice in Christ and the vocation to the dignity of adopted children is the destiny of everyone, then the election of Mary is wholly exceptional and unique. Hence also the singularity and uniqueness of her place in the mystery of Christ. It is precisely in this ecclesial journey or pilgrimage through space and time, and even more through the history of souls, that Mary is present, as the one who is "blessed because she believed", as the one who advanced on the pilgrimage of faith, sharing unlike any other creature in the mystery of Christ.
2. The blessed virgin is often depicted as fetching water with a pitcher, as she prepares herself to be the “container” of Jesus. Water plays a powerful symbolic role. Jesus said “Those who drink the living waters will never suffer spiritual thirst.”Twelve century mosaic, Basilica of San Marco. Venice.
3.** Trust in Mary The Church has greatThe archangel holds a lily trust in her. For it mustwhich signifies Mary’svirginity. be recognized that before anyone else it was God himself, the Eternal Father who entrusted himself to the Virgin of Nazareth, giving her His own Son The Madonna bows her in the mystery of the head and places a hand on her chest, a gesture of Incarnation. submission. (Pope John Paul II)Master of St. Verdiana, The Annunciation, 1410. Paul Getty Museum. Los Angeles.
3A. Trust in Mary “From my childhood. I offered myself completely to the Lord, putting myselfThe archangel holds a lily as a slave at his service.which signifies Mary’s My life was formed invirginity. detachment from all creatures. You too should learn always to say yes to whatever the Lord now asks of you through the The Madonna bows her voice that comes to you head and places a hand from the Immaculate on her chest, a gesture of submission. Heart of your heavenly Mother.” (Gobbi)Master of St. Verdiana, The Annunciation, 1410. Paul Getty Museum. Los Angeles.
3B. Gate of Heaven “I am the Gate of Heaven through which Jesus passes to come to you. I am the Gate which opens upon your salvation. My Son Jesus has constituted me true Mother of all humanity. In my maternal estate, Jesus communicates to you with his grace. I am the Gate which opens upon the new era. I am called to be the Mother of the Second Advent.” (Gobbi)Master of St. Verdiana, The Annunciation, 1410. Paul Getty Museum. Los Angeles.
4.*** Seek the will of God “Happy is the soul, to which the Most High manifests his holy and perfect will; but more happy and blessed is he, who puts into execution, what he has learned.” (Mary of Agreda) Francesco Alberni. Annunciation.. Hermitage museum. St. Petersburg.
4A. Seek the will of God My children, be always “ open to seek the will of God in your life. God’s will always contain suffering but God’s will also bring peace and joy. Place yourself at God’s disposal and He will do great things for you.” “The divine will is that you become holy. I help you to walk along the road of holiness.” (Gobbi)
Words of the Queen on Seeking and doing the will of God. “My dearest daughter, many times I have confided and manifested to thee the love burning within my bosom: for I wish that it should be ardently re-enkindled within thy own, and that thou profit from the instruction, which I give thee. Happy is the soul, to which the Most High manifests his holy and perfect will; but more happy and blessed is he, who puts into execution, what he has learned. In many ways God shows to mortals the highways and pathways of eternal life: by the Gospels, by the Sacraments and laws of the holy Church, by the writings and examples of the saints, and by the obedience due to the guidances of its ministers, of whom his Majesty said : "Whoever hears you, hears Me;" for obeying them is the same as obeying the Lord himself. Whenever by any of these means thou hast come to the knowledge of the will of God, I desire thee to assume the wings of humility and obedience, and, as if in ethereal flight or like the quickest sunbeam, hasten to execute it and thereby fulfill the divine
Besides these means of instruction, the Most High has still others in order to direct the soul; namely, He intimates his perfect will to them in a supernatural manner, and reveals to them many sacraments. This kind of instruction is of many and different degrees; not all of them are common or ordinary to all souls; for the Lord dispenses his light in measure and weight (Wis. 11, 21). Sometimes He speaks to the heart and the interior feelings in commands; at others, in correction, advising or instructing: sometimes He moves the heart to ask Him; at other times He proposes clearly what He desires, in order that the soul may be moved to fulfill it; again He manifests, as in a clear mirror, great mysteries, in order that they may be seen and recognized by the intellect and loved by the will. But this great and infinite God is always sweet in commanding, powerful in giving the necessary help for obedience, just in his commands, quick in disposing circumstances so that He can be obeyed, notwithstanding all the impediments which hinder the fulfillment of his most holy will.
In receiving this divine light, my daughter. I wish to see thee very attentive, and very quick and diligent in following it up in deed. In order to hear this most delicate and spiritual voice of the Lord it is necessary, that the faculties of the soul be purged from earthly grossness and that the creature live entirely according to the spirit; for the animal man does not perceive the elevated things of the Divinity (I Cor. 2, 14). Be attentive then to his secrets (Is. 34, 16) and forget all that is of the outside; listen, my daughter, and incline thy ear; free thyself from all visible things (Ps. 44, 11). And in order that thou mayest be diligent, cultivate love; for love is a fire, which does not have its effect until the material is prepared; therefore let thy heart always be disposed and prepared. Whenever the Most High bids thee or communicates to thee anything for the welfare of souls, or especially for their eternal salvation, devote thyself to it entirely; for they are bought at the inestimable price of the blood of the Lamb and of divine love. Do not allow thyself to be hindered in this matter by thy own lowliness and bashfulness; but overcome the fear which restrains thee, for if thou thyself art of small value and usefulness, the Most High is rich (I Pet. 1, 18), powerful, great, and by Himself performs all things (Rom. 10, 12). Thy promptness and affection will not go without its reward, although I wish thee rather to be moved entirely by the pleasure of thy Lord. (Mary of Agreda. The Mystical city of God)
5.**** Hear the word of God “The will of God is your sanctification. Let the word of God be your daily food. Savour all the beauty in the Gospel of my son Jesus.” (Gobbi)Rubens, The Annunciation, Rubens House. Antwerp
5A. Hear the word of God “The will of God is your sanctification. The will of God is that in your lives, you walk along the road of an ever more perfect knowledge of Him. Let the word of God be your daily food. Savour all the beauty in the Gospel of my son Jesus. Through the wisdom which I am giving you, I am leading you to understand more profoundly the secret of Holy Scripture. Jesus must be much more loved, listened to, and followed by you.”Rubens, The Annunciation, Rubens House. Antwerp (Gobbi)
5B. Hear the word of God “I wish to see thee very attentive, and very quick and diligent in following it up in deed. In order to hear this most delicate and spiritual voice of the Lord it is necessary, that the faculties of the soul be purged from earthly grossness and that the creature live entirely according to the spirit. Be attentive then to his secrets (Is. 34, 16) and forget all that is of the outside; listen, my daughter, and incline thy ear; free thyself from all visible things.”Rubens, The Annunciation, Rubens House. Antwerp (Mary of Agreda)
5C. Hear the word of God What blind faith this act called for! What generosity of heart and spirit Mary had! While we meditate on this event, let us ask and pray for a similar generosity. We too, must hear the word of God coming to us each day and we must accept it and live it as Mary did.Rubens, The Annunciation, Rubens House. Antwerp
5D. Hear the wordOnly God of Catholics read of a minorìty the Bible regularly. The lack of Scriptural formation is an area in need of revitalization. Reading and living the words of the Scripture are fundamental to the faith life of Christians. Without that, the Church`s great works in the modern age, which includes evangelization and ecumenism, are bound to stall. The people of God (The Church ) is the living subject of the Scripture. What is important is to read the Bible regularly, to let it keep us company and guide us. (Pope Benedict XVI)Rubens, The Annunciation, Rubens House. Antwerp
6.*** Say “Yes” to God “In many ways God shows to mortals the highways and pathways of eternal life: by the Gospels, by the Sacraments and laws of the holy Church, by the writings and examples of the saints, and by the obedience due its ministers. Whenever by any of these means thou hast come to the knowledge of the will of God, I desire thee to assume the wings of humility and obedience, and, hasten to execute it.” (Mary of Agreda)
6.*** Say “Yes” to God “I am your true Mother. The first thing that I ask of you is your unconditional ‘yes’ to entrust to me.” “Say it with me, this ‘yes’ of yours to the will of the Father.” (Gobbi)
6A. Say “Yes” to God “My ‘yes’ blossomed in my soul as a fruit of much silence. My yes blossomed from my heart as the fruit of much prayer. My yes was also a complete assent to suffer.” (Gobbi) Help us to say “yes” to God. May I never forget your lesson of prompt availability to our Father’s will.
6B. Say “Yes” to God “Say it with me, my beloved sons, this ‘yes’ of yours to the will of the Father. Your ‘yes’ has enable me to add strength to my maternal intercession on your behalf.” There is another thing I ask of you: the gift of your very lives. Thus my own life will increase in you and you will spread my light all about you.” (Gobbi)
6C. Say “Yes” to God “You are also called to repeat it now that the designs of the Father for you may be fulfilled. This yes must come to blossom in you as the fruit of much silence. You do this by your prayer, which brings you to communicate with God. You are able to become, today, the very voice of God, his word lived out. Pronounce with me your yes to the cross, because for you the hours of the passion and of Calvary have come.” (Gobbi)
Words of the Queen onMy duty as MotherYour Plan of life: Sanctity
7. Mother of Jesus and yours “I will form you in a very particular and personal way. I will lead you to sanctity.” “I am training all my children to observe the Ten Commandments, to live the Gospel to the letter, to make frequent use of the sacraments, to practice the virtues vigorously, to walk always along the path of goodness, of love, of purity and of holiness.” (Gobbi) Vasari, The Annunciation.
Words of the Queen on----- My Duty as Your Mother “I am the Mother of God because I was chosen to bringGod to men. I am therefore the true Mother of Jesus andyour true Mother as well.The first thing that I ask of you is your unconditional ‘yes’,to entrust to me with the greatest confidence and mostcomplete abandonment.” “It is my duty as Mother to form you in a very particularand personal way, to make each one of you just what mySon Jesus desires you to be. Your life will be transformed byMe as gently and firmly I lead you to sanctity.” “I became truly the Mother of Jesus and your trueMother. Because I am truly your Mother, Jesus hasentrusted to me the mission of begetting you constantly intohis likeness, by leading you along the road of love, grace,prayer, penance and your interior conversion.”
• “At the same instant in which the Word becameincarnate in my virginal womb, there spring intobeing the real and practical possibility that each ofyou might become true sons of God and brother ofJesus. At that very moment of the Incarnation, Ibecame for all of you a true Mother in thesupernatural order, Mother of your divine life.”(Gobbi)
Words of the Queen on Your plan of life---Sanctity• “On the plan for the life of each one of you it is written: ‘Behold, I come to do your will, O Lord.’ Your heavenly Mother wants to help you fulfill well the divine will. This is the will of God: your sanctification! By the gift of your sanctity, you place on the altar of the Lord a powerful force of intercession and reparation. For how many evils, how many sins reparation is offered each day on the part of my beloved sons. “Many new buds of life and salvation are sprouting. These are the lives of all those children whom I lead, each day, along the road to sanctity. Let your YES to the will of the Father be realized in your daily effort to shun and to free yourselves from sin, to live in grace and in the fullness of love, in the intimacy of prayer and of life with Jesus. Yes, Father, your will alone be done.”
“The will of God is carried out through you only by your following, with love and complete trust, my Son Jesus. Jesus must be much more loved, listened to and followed by you. When discouragement takes hold of you the bond with Him which is established in prayer and especially in the Eucharist will give you strength and infuse you with new energy for good. Then you too will carry out the divine will, which is that of living to know, love and serve the Father, in a profound intimacy of life with the Son.” (Gobbi)
8. The Holy Spirit will come upon theeThe Rosary is genuine “training in holiness” in the “School of Mary”. Sheteaches by obtaining for us the gifts of the Holy Spirit.---Pope John Paul II “I teach you how to live; I form you in a practical way to live with me. Live in daily communion of life and of love with me.” (Gobbi)Nicolas Poussin 1657. National Gallery. London.
9. “Let it be to me….” Mary’s words “Let it be to me” indicates not a passive acceptance but an active embracing and a desire for God’s will in her life. His plan for our lives is always the best for us, and corresponds to our heart’s deepest longings. Mary’s “Yes” serves as a model of faith for all believers. (Pope John Paul II) Orazio Gentileschi. Annunciation 1623. Turin Galleria Sabanda.
9A.* Behold the handmaid of the Lord. “Beloved children, say your Yes to the will of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Announce the Gospel of Jesus to the letter. Live it to the letter.” (Gobbi) Orazio Gentileschi. Annunciation 1623. Turin Galleria Sabanda.
9B. Behold the handmaid of the Lord. “Beloved children, say your yes to the will of the Father; your yes to the Gospel of the Son; your yes to the love of the Holy Spirit. Give your full ascent to all that is said in the Gospel of Jesus. Announce it to the letter, live it to the letter. Say it with me, my beloved sons, this yes of yours to the will of the Father. Your yes and your complete availabilityOrazio Gentileschi. Annunciation will allow your Mother to act.”1623. Turin Galleria Sabanda. (Gobbi)
9. As obedientservantMary, in your humilityyou saw yourself asthe servant of theLord, willing to dowhatever He asked ofyou, no matter howstrange or frighteningHis request.Pray for us that wemay take yourexample to heart andfollow you in your
10.** An angel appear to St. Joseph in adream “I invite you to strengthen your bonds with your guardian angels. They have the tasks of being a light upon your path, a defence for your life, and of waging together with you the same battle.” (Gobbi) Saints intercede. Angels intervene.Gian Giacomo Barbelli, Joseph’s Dream. 1660.
10A. The Angel appeared to “You should always St. Joseph in a dream. live in the company of the angels. To St. Gabriel has been given the task of clothing you with the strength of God. To St. Raphael is given the task of pouring balm upon your wounds. To St. Michael is given the task of defending you from the frightful attacks of Satan.” (Gobbi)The Children’s Illustrated Bible, by Parker & Dyson. Hermes House.
Words of the Queen on Bonds with yourangels (Gobbi)•“I invite you to strengthen your bonds with yourguardian angels. The guardian angels have the taskof being a light upon your path. Secondly, they havethe task of being a defence for your life. Hownumerous and subtle are the snares which thewicked spirits set each day for you. Lastly they havethe task of waging together with you one and thesame battle. It is a battle which is being waged aboveall at the level of the spirits. And so you must beparticularly close to those who are close to you in thegreat encounter. Deepen your affection for theseangels of light.
“Today you are celebrating the feast of the Archangels Gabriel, Raphael and Michael. They are the Angels of your time. To them befalls the task of saving the people of God, of gathering from every part of the earth those who are being called to form part of the little remnant which will remain faithful in the safe refuge of my Immaculate Heart. To the Archangel Michael is entrusted the task of leading the cohorts of the Angels and of my faithful children into the battle against the trained and well equipped armies of Satan. St. Michael will intervene to fight against the ancient enemy, Lucifer. His is the task of fighting against him and of conquering him , of driving him out into his reign of darkness and fire, offering to your heavenly Mother the chain with which she will bind him and the key to lock the door of the abyss, from which he will not be able to come out to harm the world. (To the priests. Gobbi)
“To the Archangel Raphael is entrusted the mission of taking part as a heavenly physician in the great struggle, in order to help you and to heal those who are stricken and wounded. As he restored sight to Tobit, so too will he give vision to millions of my poor children, who have been made blind by sins, by errors and by the great darkness of your days, so that they may once again believe and contemplate the divine splendor of the Truth. To the Archangel Gabriel is entrusted the great mission of announcing the return of Jesus in glory, to restore his reign in the world. I invite you today to honour, to pray, and to invoke the protection of these three Archangels, to bring you into the heart of the final events, through which you are now being called to live with confidence and with great hope.”
“Honour them, call upon them follow them, live always with them, they who have been given to you by the Heavenly Father as your guardians and protectors. You have entered into the most painful and difficult phase of the battle between the Spirits of Good and the Spirits of Evil, between the angels and the demons. It is a terrible struggle which is taking place around you and above you. You are involved in this great struggle, which is immensely above and beyond you. And so you must be particularly close to those who are close to you in the great encounter. I urge you to be more assiduous in prayer, stronger in you bond of unity and deeper in you affection to these angels of light who are being given to you by the Lord as your guardians and protectors. I urge you today to be particularly united with your guardian angels in prayer, in accepting their guidance.” Pray to them often, listen to them with docility, follow them at every moment.. (Gobbi)
“I am intervening in order to shorten the times of the great trial which is so painful for you. The great struggle which is waged between God and his Adversary is above all at the level of spirits and is taking place above you. This terrible battle is taking place between the heavenly spirits and the infernal spirits, between the angels of the Lord and the demons, between the powers of heaven and the powers of hell. In this great struggle, a special task has been entrusted to the Archangel Gabriel, who clothes you in the very strength of God, to the Archangel Raphael, who pours a healing balm on each of your wounds, and to the Archangel Michael, who leads all the angelic cohorts to the complete victory over the infernal cohorts. For this reason, I entrust you to the powerful protection of these Archangels and of your Guardian Angels, so that you may be guided and defended in the struggle.
“The angels of the Lord are placing themselveseach day at the side of each one of you, toguide you, to protect you and to comfort you.Pray more to your guardian angels. Live inintimacy and familiarity with your guardianangels. They must form one single entity withyou.”
The ( National ) Rosary For the Evangelization of (Nations)1. Fatima Prayer: To Eucharistic Jesus, source of all evangelization. “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those who are in most need of thy mercy.”2. Invocation of the Holy Spirit: Principal agent of evangelization. “Come, Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of the (National) people and enkindle in them the fire of your love! Come by means of the powerful intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, your well-beloved Spouse.”3. Prayer to Our Lady of ( Nation ): Star of the new evangelization. “Hail Holy Queen, Mother of (Nation), come and present the (National) people to Jesus, the fruit of thy womb. Look upon them continually with mercy and through your