Icon of Annunciation (15th cent.)

Icon of Annunciation (15th cent.)
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Direct print on linden panel.

Feast day: April 7 (Gregorian calendar), March 25 (Julian Calendar). 

One of the most ancient Twelve Great Feasts dedicated to Theotokos, this feast is associated with announcement by Archangel Gabriel of the good news that God Son was to become incarnate through the Most Pure Virgin Mary. 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.'. The appearance of the Angel to Virgin Mary is only described in the Gospel by Luke. The icon presents the Archangel, winged and with a staff, given a blessing to Virgin Mary with His right hand. The Virgin Lady is depicted sitting on a chair in front of Joseph's house: 'Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you.' There is a symbolic image of the Holy Spirit in the form of a ray coming down from the sky on the icon. 

Troparion 
Today is the crown of our salvation, and the revelation of the mystery which is from before the ages! The Son of God becometh the Son of the Virgin, and Gabriel announceth the glad tidings of grace. Wherefore, with him let us cry out to the Theotokos: Rejoice, O thou who art full of grace! The Lord is with thee!.

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