And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called 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 being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. St. Luke 1:26-28, 38
…as death had befallen us through a woman, Life should be born to us through a woman. – St. Augustine
The feast of this day is called the Annunciation of our Lady, for on this day the angel Gabriel showed to the glorious Virgin Mary the coming of the Blessed Son of God. That is to wit, how he ought to come into the glorious Virgin, and take on her nature and human flesh to save the world. It was reasonable that the angel should come to the glorious Virgin Mary, for like as Eve by the exhorting of the devil gave her consent to commit the sin of disobedience to our perdition, right so by the greeting of the angel Gabriel and by the exhortation, the glorious Virgin Mary gave her consent to his message by obedience, to our salvation. Wherefore, like as the first woman was cause of our damnation, so was the blessed Virgin Mary the beginning of our redemption. When that the angel Gabriel was sent to show the incarnation of our Saviour Jesus Christ, he found her alone, enclosed in her chamber, like as S. Bernard saith, in which the maidens and virgins ought to abide in their houses, without running abroad out openly, and they ought also to flee the words of men, of which their honour and good name might be lessened or hurt.
And the angel said to the glorious Virgin Mary: I salute thee, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. There is not found in Scripture, in any part, a comparable salution. And it was brought from heaven unto the glorious Virgin Mary, who was the first woman that ever in the world offered to God her virginity. And the angel said to her after: Thou shalt be blessed above all other women, for thou shalt escape the malediction that all other women have by childbearing in sin and in sorrow; and thou shalt be mother of God, and shalt abide a pure virgin and clean.
Excerpts from The Golden Legend by Jacobus de Voragine