“And the angel replied to him, I am Gabriel, I stand in the very presence of God, and I have been sent to talk to you and to bring you this good news.” Luke 1:19
All of us have heard how Gabriel, the archangel, appeared to Mary to tell her that she had been chosen to carry Jesus the baby. So of course we would think that this man Gabriel is talking to is Joseph, right? Wrong, this is Zachariah. He was a jewish priest and the father of John the Baptist. Before Gabriel went to Mary he went to Zachariah and told him that his wife, Elizabeth who was of advanced age and barren, would have a son.
After Gabriel visited Mary she went to visit her cousin Elizabeth and upon speaking the baby within Elizabeth leaped in the womb. This prompted Elizabeth to say those famous words to Mary, Blessed above all other women are you! And blessed is the Fruit of your womb!
Mary replied, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. May we all rejoice with her.