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Acathistus

Acathistus  

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(Gk. ‘not sitting’, because it was sung standing), a famous Greek liturgical hymn in honour of the BVM. It may be the work of St Romanos ‘Melodos’, but the authorship is disputed.
Akathistos hymn

Akathistos hymn  

(c.6th century)Anonymous kontakion, originally for the Annunciation; still sung on Sundays and a Saturday in Great Lent. Its form consists of two prooimia and twenty-four oikoi (stanzas). The ...
angel

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Hermes was the messenger of Zeus. Iris was ascribed the same function; for Plato the two are the divine angeloi. By the 3rd cent. ad, angels played a large part in Judaism and Christianity, and they ...
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A Dictionary of the Bible (2 ed.)

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The message brought by the *angel *Gabriel to *Mary recorded only by Luke (1: 26–38) that she

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World Encyclopedia

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Announcement made to the Virgin Mary by the angel Gabriel that she was to be the mother of Christ (Luke

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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the announcement of the Incarnation, made by Gabriel to Mary; the Feast of the Annunciation is celebrated on 25 March...

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Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

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The archangel Gabriel's annunciation to Mary coincided with the incarnation of Christ and formed the first act of

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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The announcement to the Virgin Mary by the angel Gabriel that she would conceive a son Jesus (Luke 1.26–38

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Robert F. Taft and Annemarie Weyl Carr

The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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(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 ... More
Benedetto Antelami

Benedetto Antelami  

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(late 12th century) Emilian sculptor whose work, informed by both antique Roman and contemporary French sculpture,includes the free-standing prophets in façade niches of Fidenza cathedral and the ...
book of Hours

book of Hours  

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A personal devotional book for the rich medieval laity, containing prayers for each of the eight times of prayer of the daily liturgy. They were often beautifully illuminated. See John Harthan, Books ...
Christmas

Christmas  

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The commemoration of Christ's nativity. The earliest mention of its being celebrated on 25 Dec. is in the Philocalian Calendar, which represents Roman practice in 336. The date was probably chosen to ...
crozier

crozier  

A hooked staff carried by a bishop as a symbol of pastoral office, originally denoting the person who carried a processional cross in front of an archbishop. Recorded from Middle English, the word ...
door

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A door must either be shut or open said of two mutually exclusive alternatives; saying recorded from the mid 18th century.leave the door open ensure that there is still an opportunity for ...
Elizabeth

Elizabeth  

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Female forename, name of two saints.St Elizabeth in the Bible, the wife of Zacharias and mother of John the Baptist; she is said to have been the cousin of the Virgin Mary (see the Visitation). Her ...
epiphany

epiphany  

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The manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi; the festival commemorating this on 6 January. The name is recorded from Middle English, and comes ultimately from Greek ...
Fra Angelico

Fra Angelico  

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The Italian painter Giovanni da Fiesole (c. 1400–55). His work was intended chiefly for contemplation and instruction, and his simple and direct style shows an understanding of contemporary ...
Gabriel

Gabriel  

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One of the seven archangels. He figures in Dan., foretells the birth of John the Baptist, and announces the conception of the Lord to the BVM. Feast day, in the E., 26 Mar.; in the W., formerly 24 ...
genuflexion

genuflexion  

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A momentary kneeling on the right knee, with the body erect, used in the W. Church as a ceremonial reverence when passing before the Blessed Sacrament and on certain other occasions.
Gospel of Mary

Gospel of Mary  

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An apocryphal Gnostic Gospel, of which 3rd-cent. fragments survive in the original Greek. In it Mary [Magdalene] describes a vision in which the progress of the Gnostic through the seven planetary ...

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