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The announcement of the Incarnation, made by Gabriel to Mary; the Feast of the Annunciation is celebrated on 25 March, otherwise called Lady Day. In art, representations often show Mary ...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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... Feast of the Annunciation, The See under feast . Order of the Annunciation See under order . Sisters of the Annunciation See franciscans...

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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 1). In many Christian Churches, the Feast of the Annunciation is kept on March 25 , a date often called ‘Lady Day’. The Annunciation was a common subject for painters during medieval and Renaissance...

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The Oxford Companion to World Mythology

... In Christianity the term “Annunciation” refers to the angel Gabriel's announcement to the Virgin Mary that she will become the mother of Jesus . Botticelli's fifteenth-century depiction of the Annunciation shows the Virgin Mary demurely responding to the news from the angel Gabriel that she will conceive the Christ child. Ainari/Art Resource, New York. Uffizi, Florence,...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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2003
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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 ). The Christian festival, also called ‘Lady Day’, is celebrated on 25 Mar., exactly nine months before Christmas , even though the date falls in Lent...

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Robert F. Taft and Annemarie Weyl Carr

The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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...Testament apocrypha, the Annunciation is the only one of the 12 fixed Great Feasts that can fall in Lent, Holy Week, or the week after Easter; if in Lent, it has an afterfeast of but one day, and if in Holy or Easter Week, this metheorta is suppressed entirely. On the day of the Annunciation, the emperor went in procession to the column of Constantine , celebrated the liturgy in the Church of the Chalkoprateia , and feasted in the palace ( De cer. , bk.1, ch.30; Philotheos , Kletor . 195.16–197.5). Illustrations of the Annunciation show Gabriel ...

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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 would be the mother of a son who would be ‘great’ and called ‘the Son of the Most High’. The appearance of the angel has been a principal subject of Christian iconography from the earliest times e.g. in the 6th cent. mosaics of Parenzo cathedral. The theological importance of the story is in Mary's acceptance of her...

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Encyclopedia of the Middle Ages

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... (iconography) The archangel Gabriel 's annunciation to Mary coincided with the incarnation of Christ and formed the first act of the work of Redemption . The textual sources of its representation are Lk 1, 26-28, and the apocrypha ( Protogospel of James , Gospel of the Nativity of the Virgin ) vulgarized in the West by Vincent of Beauvais ( Speculum historiae , 3rd part of the Speculum majus , c. 1257–1258 ) and Jacobus de Voragine ( Legenda sanctorum, alias Lombardica hystoria , c. 1261–1266 ). The scene shown is that of the...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art and Architecture (2 ed.)

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2013
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...logically that the Feast of the Annunciation should be nine months earlier, on 25 March. It has always been a major Feast, whether regarded as the Incarnation of Christ or as a feast of Mary. It was celebrated in Constantinople c .430, and was universal by the 8th century. It is one of the most frequent subjects of Christian art, and probably goes back to the catacombs : a very damaged wall-painting in the Catacomb of Priscilla may be the earliest representation (?4th cent.), but it is not certain that it is the Annunciation— Bosio , who discovered it, did...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 ed.)

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... of the BVM . The feast, observed on 25 Mar. (‘Lady Day’), commemorates the announcement of the Incarnation by the angel Gabriel to the BVM and the conception of Christ in her womb (Lk. 1: 26–38). In the RC Church it is now called the ‘Annunciation of the Lord’, and in some modern Anglican calendars it is designated the ‘Annunciation of Our Lord to the Blessed Virgin...

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Richard Bernier

The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (4 ed.)

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...reference is in the Gelasian Sacramentary . By the 8th cent. its observance in the W. had become universal. In the BCP it is a ‘ red letter’ day and is described as the ‘Annunciation of Our Lady’. In the Catholic Church it is now called the ‘Annunciation of the Lord’, and in CW it is designated the ‘Annunciation of Our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary’. Richard Bernier Bernard ’s Homilies ‘Super Missus Est ’ repr. in PL 183.55–88. M. Jugie, AA , ‘Abraham d’Éphèse et ses écrits’, BZ 22 (1913–4), 37–59. S. Vailhé, AA , ‘Origines de la fête de...

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The Grove Encyclopedia of Northern Renaissance Art

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2009
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...Annunciation, Master of the ( fl 1442–5 ). Painter active in France. He is named after a panel of the Annunciation (Aix-en-Provence, Ste Marie-Madeleine). The painting has been connected with a series of wills executed on behalf of the draper Pierre Corpici ( b ?1388 ; d before ?1465 ), an inhabitant of Aix. In the earliest surviving will, dated 9 December 1442 , known only from a copy made by Henri Requin (Labande), Corpici expressed a wish to be buried in Aix Cathedral and bequeathed 100 florins to pay for an altarpiece depicting the Annunciation or...

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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2003
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... announcement (spec. of the Incarnation). XIV. — (O)F. annonciation — late L. annuntiātiō , -ōn- , f. annuntiāre ANNOUNCE ; see -ATION...

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

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2006

... the announcement of the Incarnation, made by Gabriel to Mary; the Feast of the Annunciation is celebrated on 25 March , otherwise called Lady Day . In art, representations often show Mary sitting with a book on her lap, her pose either shrinking or accepting; Gabriel often holds a...

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Fowler’s Dictionary of Modern English Usage (4 ed.)

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2015
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...Annunciation /әˌnʌnsɪ'eɪʃәn/ , is now mostly restricted to meaning ‘the announcement of the incarnation, made by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary’, in which case it is best written with an initial capital, especially if it refers to a painting, sculpture, etc. of the event, e.g. Botticelli’s Annunciation . It is also occasionally used as a rather high-falutin’ or archaizing synonym of announcement , e.g. The forbidden, the transgressive, is always an annunciation — London Review of Books , 2003 . It should not be confused, as it sometimes is, with...

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Pocket Oxford Italian Dictionary: English-Italian (4 ed.)

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2012
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Pocket Oxford Irish Dictionary: English-Irish

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Bilingual Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
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6 words
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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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2015
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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2015
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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2005
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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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2004
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