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TOPIC:        Christmas
SCRIPTURE:    Luke 1:26-39
Style:        drama, conversation:  Mary reacts to
.             the news she has just heard from the angel
Cast:         Mary, GABRIEL’S VOICE
Set & Props:  table, chair, broom
.             (OPTIONAL: light blanket to act as
.             a bundle, cot, clothing, etc.)


(The stage is dark.  MARY enters and sits at the table.
As the angel’s voice is played or spoken, Mary reacts
mildly as if she is replaying the message in her mind.
Angel’s voice is whisper-like with reverb sound effects.)

GABRIEL  Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.

(LIGHTS come up.  MARY always speaks to herself or God.
She never addresses the voice of Gabriel.)

MARY     Favored one?  My mother would not always agree
.        with that...  Although, I always try my best
.        to be obedient.  (looking up)  Lord God,
.        You know I lean on Your strength to do my best.
.        And now – I need Your strength more than ever.

(MARY stands up anxiously, then sits back down.)

MARY     This all still seems like a dream.
.        Did I hear right?  Could I have imagined it all?
.        I was so scared...
.        I WAS scared – so it DID happen.

GABRIEL  Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor
.        with God.

MARY     But what the angel said was – very – incredible.
.        Did I correctly understand the words being said?

GABRIEL  Behold, you will conceive in your womb
.        and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.

MARY     And I am to have a son - now?
.        Let me try to remember... I know the angel
.        explained the reason.
.                                                       2
GABRIEL  He will be great and will be called
.        the Son of the Most High;  and the Lord God
.        will give Him the throne of His father David;
.        and He will reign over the house of Jacob
.        forever, and His kingdom will have no end.

(MARY stands up again and then looks down.
She carefully touches her stomach, then looks up.)

MARY     I still cannot grasp this, Lord.  I am a virgin.

(MARY wrings her hands and paces.)

GABRIEL  The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and
.        the power of the Most High will overshadow you;
.        and for that reason the holy Child
.        shall be called the Son of God.

MARY     But yet - I am to have God’s Child.
.        (touches her stomach again)
.        Strange.  I seem to feel His presence already.
.        I am carrying God’s Son.  I will give birth –
.        to God’s Son – who will be King.
.        (shaking head)  How can this be?

(MARY picks up the broom and sweeps the floor nervously.
Thinking of something, she pauses.)

MARY     I remember Father talking about our family tree.
.        We ARE some of King David’s descendants.  But –
.        so many others are, too.  WHY me?

(MARY quickly continues sweeping, but stops short
as if she remembers the angel’s words.)

GABRIEL  Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor
.        with God.

(MARY leans the broom against the table.)

MARY     I am nothing that special.
.        I still make mistakes.  I am just a girl,
.        and not that strong.  I am constantly
.        needing to lean on YOUR strength, Lord.
.        And I am to raise Your Son – Your HOLY Son?
.        How could I ever be a worthy mother –
.        to raise and nurture a Holy Being –
.        when I myself am not perfect?
.        HE will be teaching ME!
.                                                       3
(MARY pretends to hold a baby and look down at it
tenderly.  MARY smiles.)

MARY     What will it be like to hold God
.        in my very arms?  To look down
.        into the face of the King of Kings?

(MARY quickly looks with realization.)

MARY     But I am just a girl - engaged to be married!

(MARY sits.)

MARY     I am engaged to be married.  To Joseph!
.        And soon he will find out that I am with child.
.        What will he say?  What will he DO?
.        (shaking head in fear)  He could think
.        that I had an affair, and have me stoned.
.        Will Joseph believe me when I explain this?
.        Who will believe this?

GABRIEL  Do not be afraid, Mary –

(MARY stands up anxiously, crying.)

MARY     But WHO will ever believe this?

(MARY sits down again, restraining her tears.)

MARY     I’m sure You have some plans, Lord.
.        I just wish I could have a little more insight.
.        Just a little more assurance.  I feel
.        so alone right now.

(MARY puts her head to her hands, fighting tears.)

GABRIEL  Behold, even your relative Elizabeth
.        has also conceived a son in her old age;
.        and she who was called barren
.        is now in her sixth month.
.        For nothing will be impossible with God.

MARY     (fondly)  My dear sweet aunt Elizabeth,
.        so wise in her years.
.        (suddenly looks up, remembering.)
.        My aunt Elizabeth?!  She cannot be pregnant
.        too?!  She was never ABLE to have children.
.        And she is WAY past that time in her life.

(MARY gets up to pace and think.)                       4

MARY     If – if – my aunt Elizabeth is pregnant –
.        if this miracle truly happened –
.        she will understand.  She will
.        most certainly understand!

(MARY wipes the tears from her eyes with hope.)

MARY     I must go see her.  I am NOT alone in this.

GABRIEL  For nothing will be impossible with God.

(OPTIONAL: MARY quickly bundles up her clothing,
OR she could just look up as if speaking to God.)

MARY     I know You are always with me, and that
.        I can lean on Your strength for everything.
.        For everything IS possible with You.
.        But - I also thank You for letting me know
.        about aunt Elizabeth.  Protect me on my journey.
.        I will trust in You - to work everything out.
.        I am Your bondslave.  May it be done to me
.        according to Your word.

(MARY exits.)