The salutation of the Angel
Gabriel is different from the usual angelic greeting. It indicates
that Mary was exceptionally "highly favored with grace" (Greek:
charitoo, used twice in the New Testament; in
(1) Luke 1:28 for Mary - before Christ's redemption; and
(2) Ephesians 1:6 for Christ's grace to us – after Christ's
And coming to her (Mary), he (the angel Gabriel) said,
"Hail, favored one (kecharitomene)"
(God) chose us in him (Jesus), before the foundation
of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him.
In love he destined us for adoption to himself through
Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for
praise of the glory of his grace (echaritosen)