“Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured” (Luke 1:26-28) Luke goes on to tell us that Mary was troubled by this greeting and wondered what manner of salutation this would be. The term “highly favored” is very unique in that it is only used one other time in Sacred Scripture. The term in Greek is “Kecharitomene” and is Strong number G5487. One of the best ways to understand a word is to see how it is used in other parts of the Bible. Kecharitomene is only used one other time and that is in Ephesians 1:6 and here it refers to those adopted children of God through Jesus Christ. In simple words freed from sin, original sin. To see the beauty of this read Ephesians 1:3-8 and you will see the blessing of redemption bestowed upon the “highly favored” (Kecharitomene) ones through Jesus Christ. This is who Mary was at the time of the Annunciation.
I would also you to consider the term “Hail” which is translated chario (Strong’s number G5463). Consider that chario is also translated as “rejoice” over 42 times and “hail” only 2 times. “Rejoice! Sinless one (Kecharitomene) the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou among women”, could this also be a translation? Being that God chose her as a vessel for His Son would she not have been immaculate from her conception. Could it not be that when Mary told Bernadette Soubirous, on March 25, 1858, the Feast of the Annunciation, that She was the Immaculate Conception. Wasn’t Mary just using the name given her by the Angel Gabriel said over 1800 years prior?
If Mary was born without the stain of original sin. would that not free her from the curse of that sin, bodily corruption, Thus the belief in the Assumption. As further evidence of her bodily assumption, would there not be some relics of her as there are of the Apostles, and would we not know where she was buried?
Jesus the Christ tells us at the wedding of Cana that she is the “woman” of Genesis, and Jesus repeats this from the cross when he calls Mary woman, “Woman, behold thy son”. Thus Mary is the “New Eve”.
Ark of the New Covenant
Mary is also the “Ark of the New Covenant” called out in Revelation 11:19-12:1. Consider that Mary, in her womb, carried Jesus the New Covenant. The old Ark of the covenant carried the staff of Aaron, piece of Manna, and the tablets of the Law. Jesus was destined to rule with a rod of iron, He is the Eucharist, and brings forth the New Law written in the hearts of men and also He gave us the Beatitudes.
Queen of Heaven and Earth
Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth. Jesus Christ, being the King of heaven and earth, makes Mary the Queen Mother. The queen mother was honored above all women in the king’s court. Consider 1 Kings 2:19 “And the king rose up to meet her, and bowed himself unto her, and sat down on his throne, and caused a seat to be set for the king’s mother; and she sat on his right hand.” Again we use Sacred Scripture to help us understand Sacred Scripture.