The Annunciation of the Virgin Mary among Western Christians (25/03)

On March 25, the Catholic Church celebrates a bright holiday - the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, associated with an important gospel event - the proclamation of the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary about the future birth of the Savior in the flesh from her.

The Gospel of Luke tells how the archangel Gabriel was sent by God to announce to Mary, the virgin betrothed to Joseph, that she was to conceive from the Holy Spirit and give birth to the baby Jesus, who would become the Messiah and be called the Son of God. Embarrassed by the angel's greeting, Mary then became convinced of the veracity of his promise and expressed her faith with the words: "Let it be to me according to your word."

Since at least the 2nd century, the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary has been seen as the first act of atonement in Christian history in which the obedience of the Virgin Mary balances the disobedience of Eve (interpretation of Irenaeus of Lyon). The day of the celebration of the Annunciation was set on March 25, nine months before Christmas.