Mary was a daughter of the house of David – that means that David was her many times great grandfather. She was betrothed to Joseph, who was also of the house of David. (In those days, being betrothed meant the man and woman made their wedding promises in front of their friends. They then went to their separate homes until the man had made a house, and the woman had made things to go in the house.)
The angel said to Mary: “Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you.” The angel said: “Do not be afraid. You have found favour with God. You will conceive a baby, and bear a son. You will name Him Jesus. He will be called the son of the Most High, and God will give Him the throne of David. He will rule the children of Israel for ever and His Kingdom will have no end.”
Mary said, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel explained that the Holy Spirit would make the baby begin in Mary’s womb. He also told Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was having a baby.
Mary said, “I am God’s servant. Let it be as you say.”