What a mind-blowing experience for Mary to have the Angel Gabriel come to announce that she was to be the Mother of God! And how this experience must still resonate with Mary each time she hears us saying: "Hail, full of grace. The Lord is with thee."
This Feast honors Mary who was open to the Angel's message and was able to surrender herself totally to God's plan. "Be it done to me according to your word." She did not understand, but she was able to accept and believe and became to the first missionary as she soon carried the Infant beginning to live in her to Elizabeth whose child leapt in the womb and we have the words attributed to this elderly, expectant mother, said in greeting Mary: "Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb."
It is a feast to celebrate with Mary and to beg the grace to be so open to God that we are able to say "yes" to all He asks of us."