The Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth was built on
the site which many people believe is the house of St Mary and where the Angel
Gabriel visited her.
we visit the basilica, our Course Director at the College, invites the pilgrims
to carefully look at an inscription on the altar placed in the house. It reads:
‘Verbum caro hic factum est’. Here,
the Word was made flesh.
Bethlehem, we visit the grotto where tradition says Jesus was born. In this
place, now in the basilica, pilgrims have come since at least the fourth
century to commemorate the exchange between God’s messenger, the Angel Gabriel,
and the Theotokos, the God-bearer, Mary, which results in the incarnation.
centuries and several church buildings later, the present basilica was
dedicated in 1964. Its lower level is rather dim, silent, and focuses the
attention on the house, also referred to as a grotto. Some compare it to a
womb. It is a place of origin.
world is forced to slow down dramatically, as the streets around us become
silent, may we trust in God’s silent work within us and have faith in the
presence of God, hic (here) and everywhere.
Hail Mary, full of
grace, the Lord is with thee;
Blessed art thou
And blessed is the
fruit of thy womb Jesus.
Holy Mary, mother of
Pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.