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The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came

The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came” or “Gabriel’s Message” (Basque: Birjina gaztetto bat zegoen) is a Basque Christmas folk carol about the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary by the archangel Gabriel that she would become the mother of Jesus Christ the Son of God.

  1. The angel Gabriel from heaven came,
    his wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame;
    “All hail,” said he to meek and lowly Mary,
    “most highly favored maiden.” Gloria!
  2. “I come from heav’n to tell the Lord’s decree:
    a blessed virgin mother you shall be.
    Your Son shall be Immanuel, by seers foretold,
    most highly favored maiden.” Gloria!
  3. Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head;
    “To me be as it pleases God,” she said.
    “My soul shall laud and magnify his holy name.”
    Most highly favored maiden, Gloria!
  4. Of her, Immanuel, the Christ, was born
    In Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn,
    and Christian folk throughout the world will ever say,
    “Most highly favored maiden.” Gloria!

Bible Reference

Christ’s Birth Announced to Mary

26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; [a]blessed are you among women!”

29 But [b]when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.

34 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I [c]do not know a man?”

35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”

38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Luke 1:26-38 (NKJV)

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