What Is The Feast Of The Annunciation And When Is It Celebrated?


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The Annunciation is a feast day of the Roman Catholic Church celebrated on March 25 every year. The Annunciation itself was the moment of Christ's conception. The biblical story describes the moment when the Archangel, St Gabriel, appeared to the Virgin Mary in Nazareth to announce to Mary that she was to be the Mother of the Son of God. The Angel said to Mary that she was to conceive and give birth to a son whom she was to call Emmanuel, meaning, "God is with us". Mary, a teenager who was engaged to be married to Joseph, a carpenter, was highly confused because she was a virgin. But the Angel said to her that the Holy Spirit would come upon her and the child to be born will be the Son of God. Mary accepted saying, "let what you have said be done to me", and the Angel left her.

This feast day is therefore celebrated exactly nine months before Christmas Day, the day of Christ's birth. Catholics believe that by consenting to God's plans, she took a vital part in the whole redemptive work of Jesus Christ, her Son, and indeed in the whole of creation.

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