The Annunciation of the Most-Holy Virgin Mary

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(March 25/April 7)

The Annunciation of the Most-Holy Virgin MaryWhen the Most-Holy Virgin was fourteen years old, according to the law, She could not live at the temple any longer.  She had to return to Her parents.  But by that time, Her elderly parents had passed away, so Mary went to live in the house of righteous Joseph, Her distant relative.  She was betrothed to him.  Mary made a vow to the Lord to remain a virgin, and Joseph promised to take care of Her.  Mary had a pure heart and loved the Lord; most of the time She prayed and read the Holy Scriptures.    

Righteous Joseph lived in the town of Nazareth.  God sent His Angel Gabriel to Mary to bring the happy news:   She was chosen to become the Mother of the Saviour of the world.

Archangel Gabriel greeted Mary with the words, “Hail, O Favoured One, the Lord is with You!”  The Holy Virgin did not understand what he meant; She was afraid and confused.  The Angel told Mary not to be afraid, because She had found great favour with God.  She would become the mother of the Son Whom She shall call Jesus.  He is the Son of God, and there will be no end to His Kingdom.

Mary asked, “How can this be, since I have no husband?”  The Angel replied that the Holy Spirit would come upon Her, and the Holy Child, Son of God will be born.  Mary replied humbly, “I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to Me according to Your word.”

In due time, Mary gave birth to the Holy Babe, our Saviour.

The feast of the Annunciation comes during the Great Lent, but for Orthodox people it is a joyous day.  It is one of the twelve great feasts of the church year.


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Annunciation [ə ˎnʌn sɪ ′eɪ ʃən] Благовещение Пресвятой Богородицы
temple, n. [ˈtempl] храм
elderly, adj. [ˈeldəlɪ] старый, преклонного возраста
betrothed, adj. [bɪ′trͻθd] обрученный
archangel, n. [ˈɑːkeɪndʒəl] aрхангел
greet, v. [grɪːt] приветствовать
favoured, adj. [ˈfeɪ vəʳd] благодатный
humbly, adv. [ˈhʌmb lɪ] смиренно
handmaid of the Lord [ˎhӕnd ′meɪd] раба Господня
joyous, adj. [ˈdʒͻɪəs] радостный, счастливый