Dear friend of St. Athanasius Academy:
The Holy Spirit
Annunciation and Pentecost
(From St. John of Damascus and the OSB Septuagint Old Testament)
In loving obedience, the Lord's messenger came to Mary, the Virgin of prophecy. Yet being of the disgraced House of David and from the womb of Anna, this seemed near impossible. However, with glad tidings, the grace of the Holy Spirit became known, "Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with thee." While pondering such words, the angel said to her, "Fear not, Mary, for you have found favor with God. You shall bring forth a Son, to be named Jesus." His name lets us know He will deliverer and save the faithful from their trespasses. Then she asks, "How can this be, since I know not a man?" The angel responds, "The Holy Spirit shall came upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee. Therefore the Holy One, whom shall be born from thee, shall be called the Son of God." She offered in respond, "Behold, the handmaid of the Lord. Let it be to me according to Your word." Such is the wonder of the Holy Spirit.
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