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5 Things to Know & Share About the Annunciation

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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.

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1 Chloe Sharples = "Sura 3, Verses 45-51, from quran.com:(45) [And mention] when the angels said, "O Mary, indeed Allah gives you good tidings of a word from Him, whose name will be the Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary - distinguished in this world and the Hereafter and among those brought near [to Allah ]. (46) He will speak to the people in the cradle and in maturity and will be of the righteous." (47) She said, "My Lord, how will I have a child when no man has touched me?" [The angel] said, "Such is Allah ; He creates what He wills. When He decrees a matter, He only says to it, 'Be,' and it is. (48) And He will teach him writing and wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel (49) And [make him] a messenger to the Children of Israel, [who will say], 'Indeed I have come to you with a sign from your Lord in that I design for you from clay [that which is] like the form of a bird, then I breathe into it and it becomes a bird by permission of Allah . And I cure the blind and the leper, and I give life to the dead - by permission of Allah . And I inform you of what you eat and what you store in your houses. Indeed in that is a sign for you, if you are believers. (50) And [I have come] confirming what was before me of the Torah and to make lawful for you some of what was forbidden to you. And I have come to you with a sign from your Lord, so fear Allah and obey me. (51) Indeed, Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is the straight path.""
2 Chloe Sharples = "Sura 19, Verses 16-26:16. And mention, [O Muhammad], in the Book [the story of] Mary, when she withdrew from her family to a place toward the east.17. And she took, in seclusion from them, a screen. Then We sent to her Our Angel, and he represented himself to her as a well-proportioned man.18. She said, "Indeed, I seek refuge in the Most Merciful from you, [so leave me], if you should be fearing of Allah."19. He said, "I am only the messenger of your Lord to give you [news of] a pure boy."20. She said, "How can I have a boy while no man has touched me and I have not been unchaste?"21. He said, "Thus [it will be]; your Lord says, 'It is easy for Me, and We will make him a sign to the people and a mercy from Us. And it is a matter [already] decreed.' "22. So she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a remote place.23. And the pains of childbirth drove her to the trunk of a palm tree. She said, "Oh, I wish I had died before this and was in oblivion, forgotten."24. But he called her from below her, "Do not grieve; your Lord has provided beneath you a stream.25. And shake toward you the trunk of the palm tree; it will drop upon you ripe, fresh dates.26. So eat and drink and be contented. And if you see from among humanity anyone, say, 'Indeed, I have vowed to the Most Merciful abstention, so I will not speak today to [any] man.' ""