Annunciation of Theotokos Icon (3)
Orthodox Icon of the Annunciation the Virgin Mary (3).
Commemorated March 25.
This icon of the Annunciation is about one of the earliest Christian feasts being celebrated in the fourth century. The message of this event is twofold. First there is the message that fulfills God's promise to sen a Savior. The second is the response of the VIrgin to the message. It is a response of obedience to God's will. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? (Luke 1:34). And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee: therefore also that which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word." And the angel departed from her (Luke 1: 35-38). In the icon the Archangel has a staff in his left hand showing his role as a messenger. His right hand is stretched toward the holy Virgin with a blessing from God as he delivers his message.
The Virgin is depicted standing holding yarn in her left hand. she was assigned the task of making a new screen for the Temple in Jerusalem. Her stance is one of acceptance of the message. The descent of the Holy Spirit upon her is shown by a ray of light issuing from a small sphere at the top of the icon, which symbolizes heaven. 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!" Troparion for the Feast.
Note: the sizes are not exact.
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