1. Annunciation = Announcement "Annunciation" is derived from the same latin word meaning “announcement.” Really "annunciation" can be applied to any announcement, but on March 25 in the Christian tradition, Annunciation very clearly means the announcement of Jesus of Nazareth’s birth to Mary by the Angel Gabriel. 2. Jesus' Annunciation is also in the Quran That’s right, as with many other Biblical stories, the Quran offers an account of the Angel Gabriel coming to Mary to announce the coming of Jesus. We find the Annunciation in Suras 3:45-51 and 19:16-26. However, in Muslim tradition, the Annunciation is said to take place during the month of Ramadan. 3. The Annunciation of Jesus’ birth looks a lot like that of of John the Baptist In both instances the Angel Gabriel comes to visit a single parent of the expected child. Zechariah was informed of John the Baptist’s miraculous birth and Mary was informed of Jesus’ miraculous birth. Both Zechariah and Mary respond to Gabriel with a question and in both instances the Angel Gabriel offers each person a miraculous sign as proof. 4. The Annunciation doesn’t always fall on March 25th Almost always Annunciation occurs on March 25, exactly 9 months before the birth of Jesus of Nazareth on December 25. However, some years the Annunciation falls during Holy Week and given that Holy Week hold greater solemnity status (I:2) than does the Annunciation (I:3), on those years the Annunciation is moved to the Monday after the second Sunday of Easter. 5. Mary’s reaction to Gabriel’s announcement is a prime example of faith When Gabriel tells Zechariah of the upcoming birth of John the Baptist, Zechariah is skeptical and asks how he can know this to be true. When Gabriel announces Jesus’ birth to Mary, she asks how the birth will happen; she is not the least bit skeptical but immediately accepts Gabriel’s announcement on faith and then gets down to the business of making it all work.