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An Angel Visits Mary

The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth , to a maiden betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the family of David. The name of the maiden was Mary.
The angel appeared to her and said :
“Hail, you who are highly favoured ! The Lord is with you; blessed are you among women. ”
And when she saw him, she was troubled at what he had said and wondered to herself what this greeting could mean. Then the angel continued :
“Fear not, Mary, for you have found favour with God. You shall bring forth a son and shall call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the son of the Highest, and the Lord God shall give him the throne of his forefather David. He shall rule over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”
“How shall this be. ” Mary said to the angel, “seeing that I have no husband?”
 The angel answered and said to her :
“The Holy Spirit shall come upon you and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you. The child that is born of you shall be holy and shall be called the son of God.”
“Behold, I am the handmaiden of the Lord. ” Mary said.
“Let it be to me as you have said.”
So Mary arose and went into the hill country with haste, to a town of Judah where she went to the house of Zacharias and his wife, her cousin Elisabeth. And when Elisabeth heard her greeting she was filled with the Holy Spirit and she cried out with a loud voice :
“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you shall bear. But why is it that the mother of my Lord should come to me.”

An Mary said :
“My soul does praise the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced
In God my Saviour.
For he has regarded the lowliness
of his handmaiden : for, behold,
from henceforth all generations
shall call me blessed :
For he that is mighty has done
great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is on those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has showed strength with his arm;
he has scattered  the proud
in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty
from their thrones and
has exalted them of low degree.
He has filled the hungry
with good things,
and the rich he has sent
empty away.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy;
As he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.”

Mary remained with Elisabeth for
about three months and then returned
to her own house. 

They Are Driven From The Garden

The Lord God said to the serpent :
"Because you have done this , you are cursed above all cattle and above every beast of the field . You shall crawl on your belly and eat dust all the days of your life . I shall make the woman your enemy and her children the enemies of your children . They shall wound you in the head and you shall wound them in the heel."
To the woman he said :
"I will multiply your suffering . you shall bring forth your children in sorrow and for happiness you shall depend on your husband , and he shall rule over you ."
To the man he said :
"Because you listened to the voice of your wife and ate of the forbidden fruit , the ground shall be cursed beneath you . In sorrow you shall eat of it every day of your life . Thorns and thistles it will bring forth for you , and you shall eat the grass of the field . By the sweat of your brow you will earn your bread until you return to the earth , for out of the earth you were taken : dust you are and to dust you shall return ."
The Lord God then made coats of skin for the man and his wife , and clothed them .
And the Lord God said :
"Behold , the man is like one of us now . knowing all things . If he were to put out his hand and eat also of the tree of life , he would live for ever ."
Therefore the Lord God sent man out of the garden of the Eden , to till the ground from which he was made . He drove him out , and placed cherubim to the east of the garden of Eden , and a flaming sword which turned in every direction to guard the path to the tree of life.