The feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, March 25th, celebrates the angel Gabriel’s appearance to Mary, announcing that she has been chosen to be the Mother of God. Most of all it celebrates Mary’s fiat, her willing acceptance of God’s plan, even though she is young, a virgin and in would face censure becoming pregnant in her culture. (Luke 1:26-38)
The expressions on Mary’s face range from her initial fear, reverence, peaceful acceptance to her receiving of the Holy Spirit.
The feast of the Annunciation dates back at least to the fifth century, and the date of the feast, which is determined by the date
of Christmas, was set at March 25 by the seventh century. The Annunciation, as much as or even more so than Christmas, represents Christ’s Incarnation. When Mary signaled to Gabriel her acceptance of God’s Will, Christ was conceived in her womb through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Melanie Jean Juneau serves as the Editor in Chief of Catholic Stand. She is a mother of nine children who has edited her kid's university term papers for over a decade. She blogs at joy of nine9 and mother of nine9. Her writing is humorous and heart warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, a columnist at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC, author of Echoes of the Divine and Oopsy Daisy, and coauthor of Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood.
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6 thoughts on “The Annunciation Celebrated in Fine Art”
Wonderful. Artwork from hundreds of years ago, and yet so beautiful, and such a blessing to us today.
exactly, we think alike