The Annunciation – Mary is visited by angel Gabriel

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”     

LK 1; 26-28

The Visitation – Mary is visited by Elizabeth

During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

LK 1; 39-56

The Nativity – The Birth of Jesus

While [Mary and Joseph] were there, the time came for [Mary] to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

LK 2; 1-21

The Presentation – Jesus is Presented in the Temple

When the days were completed for their purification according to the law of Moses, they took [the infant Jesus] up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord…Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted and you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

LK 2; 21-39

The Finding of Jesus in the Temple

When [Jesus] was twelve years old, they went up according to festival custom…as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers…When his parents saw him, they were astonished, and his mother said to him, “Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”

LK 2; 41-52