IN THE BIBLE Luke 1:32, 35 reads:

He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High ... The power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.

Dead Sea Scrolls manuscript 4Q246 reads:

“[X] shall be great upon the earth. O king, all people shall make peace, and all shall serve him. He shall be called the son of the Great God, and by his name shall he be hailed as the Son of God, and they shall call him Son of the Most High.” (Dead Sea scrolls manuscript Q4Q246)

IN THE QU'RAN The Annunciation is described in the Qur'an, in Sura 003:045 (Al-i-Imran – The Family of Imran) verses 45-51 (Yusuf Ali translation):

45Behold! the angels said: "O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter and of (the company of) those nearest to Allah;"

And Sura Template:Cite Qur'an (Maryam – Mary) verses 16-26 also refers to it. Muslim tradition holds that the Annunciation took place during the month of Ramadan.[10] In the Qur'an "behold an angel of the Lord has spoken. " Mary will bear the true Son of God" "He will be called Jesus Christ." "His domain is over the entire Earth.""Joy to you, behold His Holy name."

ORTHODOX CHRISTIANS In Eastern Christianity Mary is referred to as Theotokos (Θεοτόκος="God-bearer"). The traditional Troparion (hymn for the day) of the Annunciation which goes back to Saint Athanasius of Alexandria is:

Today is the beginning of our salvation,
And the revelation of the eternal mystery!
The Son of God becomes the Son of the Virgin
As Gabriel announces the coming of Grace.
Together with him let us cry to the Theotokos:
"Rejoice, O Full of Grace, the Lord is with you!"

**The feast of the Annunciation is usually held on March 25; it is moved in the Catholic Church, Anglican and Lutheran liturgical calendars when that date falls during Holy Week or Easter Week or on a Sunday. The Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodoxy and Eastern Catholic Churches do not move the feast, having special combined liturgies for those years when the Annunciation coincides with another feast; in fact in these churches a Divine Liturgy is celebrated on Good Friday when it coincides with the Annunciation.

When the calendar system of Anno Domini was first introduced by Dionysius Exiguus in AD 525, he assigned the beginning of the new year to March 25 since, according to Catholic theology, the era of grace began with the Incarnation of Christ. The first certain mentions of the feast are in a canon, of the Council of Toledo (656), where it is described as celebrated throughout the church., and another of the Council of Constantinople "in Trullo" (692), forbidding the celebration of any festivals during Lent, excepting the Lord's Day (Sunday) and the Feast of the Annunciation. An earlier origin has been claimed for it on the ground that it is mentioned in various works of which the earliest surviving manuscripts are later and may have been added to 


The Annunciation of the Lord celebrates the angel Gabriel's appearance to the Virgin Mary, announcing that she had been chosen to be the Mother of Our Lord. When is the Annunciation?

How Is the Date of the Feast of the Annunciation Determined?
The Annunciation always falls on March 25, exactly nine months before the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas. However, the celebration of the feast is transferred to a different date if it falls on a Sunday of Lent, during Holy Week, or during the octave of Easter.

The Church considers Masses for the Sundays of Lent, any time in Holy Week, and any time from Easter through the Sunday after Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday) to be so important that even this Marian feast cannot replace one of them. So, when the Annunciation falls on a Sunday in Lent (before Palm Sunday), it is transferred to the following Monday. If it falls on Palm Sunday or on any day in Holy Week, it is transferred to Low Monday, the Monday after the Sunday after Easter.

When Is the Feast of the Annunciation This Year?
Here is the day of the week on which the Annunciation falls (and the day and date on which it will be celebrated) this year:

Annunciation 2018: Sunday, March 25, 2018 (transferred to Monday, April 9, 2018)
When Is the Feast of the Annunciation in Future Years?
Here is the day of the week on which the Annunciation falls (and the day and date on which it will be celebrated) next year and in future years:

Annunciation 2019: Monday, March 25, 2019
Annunciation 2020: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Annunciation 2021: Thursday, March 25, 2021
Annunciation 2022: Friday, March 25, 2022
Annunciation 2023: Saturday, March 25, 2023
Annunciation 2024: Monday, March 25, 2024 (transferred to Monday, April 8, 2024)
Annunciation 2025: Tuesday, March 25, 2025

Annunciation 2026: Wednesday, March 25, 2026
Annunciation 2027: Thursday, March 25, 2027 (transferred to Monday, April 5, 2027)
Annunciation 2028: Saturday, March 25, 2028
Annunciation 2029: Sunday, March 25, 2029 (transferred to Monday, April 9, 2029)
Annunciation 2030: Monday, March 25, 2030 

When Was the Feast of the Annunciation in Previous Years?
Here are the dates when Annunciation fell (and the day and date on which it was celebrated) in previous years, going back to 2007:

Annunciation 2007: Sunday, March 25, 2007 (transferred to Monday, March 26, 2007)
Annunciation 2008: Tuesday, March 25, 2008 (transferred to Monday, March 31, 2008)
Annunciation 2009: Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Annunciation 2010: Thursday, March 25, 2010
Annunciation 2011: Friday, March 25, 2011
Annunciation 2012: Sunday, March 25, 2012 (transferred to Monday, March 26, 2012)
Annunciation 2013: Monday, March 25, 2013 (transferred to Monday, April 8, 2013)
Annunciation 2014: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Annunciation 2015: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Annunciation 2016: Friday, March 25, 2016 (transferred to Monday, April 4, 2016)
Annunciation 2017: Saturday, March 25, 2017

Giovanni Lanfranco 1582-1647 - The Annunciation

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