http://www.usccb.org/nab/bible/luke/luke1.htm Luke Chapter 1

 

I think you could act out the Angel Gabriel coming to Mary and asking her if she would be the Mother of Jesus…the son of God.  You could also act out her going to visit Elizabeth who as pregnant with John the Baptist.

 

Point out the words that Elizabeth said that are a part of the Hail Mary prayer.

 

It was March 25 when the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she was to be the Mother of God.

Point out the humility in Mary of accepting her new name and the job that God gave her.  She carried “the Word of God, Jesus Christ in her womb.”  We as Christians should carry the word in our hearts too.  We do when we receive Holy Communion.  When we can recite words from the Bible that mean something to us. 

 

Ask them if there are words from God’s Bible that they know by heart.

 

“Our Father”

“Hail Mary”

The words of the Magnificat

Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."

Behold, I am the servant of the Lord.  May it be done to me according to your word.

 

You can write out verses you think the children can remember and let them take them home with them. 

 

"hiding the Word in our hearts, so that we might not sin"(Psalm 119:11)

It took her 5 days to get to see Elizabeth…and she stayed 3 months until John was born.

 

Tell them that the Annunciation and the Visitation are two of the Joyful Mysteries thought about when you are saying the Rosary.

 

I think you will like the information in the following links:

http://www.cin.org/montfort/annun3.html On this site, it explains that Mary was given a new name that meant gifted – full of grace.  Her first name was Miriam.  When you are baptized you are given a new name which means you have a new job…a new vocation.

http://www.harcourtreligion.com/public/home_lessons/homelessons_1_ch4.pdf  Lesson from religion book about the Annunciation

http://www.bible-history.com/jesus/jesusLk_13956.htm  Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth.  Check the historical notes at the bottom of the page.