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date: 22 May 2024


The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
Robert F. TaftRobert F. Taft, Annemarie Weyl CarrAnnemarie Weyl Carr

(εὐαγγελισμὸς τη̑ς Θεοτó κου), feast of the angel Gabriel's announcement of the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Virgin Mary (Lk 1:26–38), celebrated 25 Mar. In Syria, Constantinople, and possibly Asia Minor, a feast of the Virgin that included the annunciation theme was originally part of pre-Nativity celebrations on the first or second Sunday before Christmas; this preparatory Sunday is attested in Constantinople before ... ...

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