In the city of Nazareth in Galilee, there lived a young woman named Mary.
Mary was betrothed to a carpenter named Joseph.
One day an angel , Gabriel visited Mary. -"Mary!" he announced," you that you have received the favor of God! The Lord is with you.
She was disturbed because she was not sure what these words meant.
The angel told her not to be afraid because he had been sent by God. The angel then told her that God had chosen her to have a very special baby and that his name would be Jesus.
Pure and Immaculate She Bowed Before the Angelic Messenger
In Holy obedience Mary, the Mother of Our Lord Jesus, was told by the Angel of God that she would be filled in a miraculous manner with the Spirit of God, a scene which has been uncounted times recorded by Renaissance artists such as Caravaggio, as well as pre-renaissance painters and those of many other ages and times, to illustrate the pre-nativity event leading to such good tidings that would succeed it in the birth of Christ. Reading the passages in the New Testament we can only be humbled by Mary's humility, a paragon of humility, that composers like Bach have termed 'Magnificat' in their hommage to the maiden and her unquestioned acceptance of the message of the Angel and his visitation of the immaculate, virginal Mary.
The baby will grow up to be a great man, and his reign will never end. "So the holy child to be born will be called the Son of God."
Mary knelt before the angel Gabriel and said she would obey God and what God wanted. With this, the angel left her.
The Annunciation is found in the New Testament, the message that the angel Gabriel comes to Mary and that she will be the mother of Jesus we find in Luke 1:26-38
The Annunciation is celebrated on March 25.
The scene between Gabriel and Mary has been represented in masterpieces of painting, especially Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci and Sandro Botticelli and the German painter Matthias Grünewald.
The Biblical story of the Annunciation is very appropriate for Mother's Day, in May:
For the Churh, the Month of Mary is March but Commemoration of the Annunciation is appropriate at any time of year.
The success of the Annunciation is a crucial moment of great importance for Christians. In the Old Testament God makes a covenant with the people of Israel. In the New Testament we read of the "new" covenant God brings in everyone .
The new agreement, or promise refers to Jesus: His birth, life, death and resurrection and how He brings hope to all people in the world.
For Christians, the event of the Annunciation is the beginning of the new agreement - the promise when the Angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will have a baby and that this will be the Son of God.
Suggestions for discussion with young children:
It is obviously very complicated and difficult to explain all the events that bring us to the moment of the Annunciation to young children. Yet it is very beautiful and appropriate to share the story so memorable and explain some very important messages that they can understand.
For example: We can tell children that God promised to send Jesus to teach us especially to love one another. God chose Mary among women to be the mother of Jesus, the Son of God.
We can explain: The reaction and response of Mary to the announcement of God is very important and relevant as this sends a message to the children of love, faith and obedience that she shows at that time. These are topics of discussion that can present and discuss.
Further: We introduce the topic of angels. God sends angels on several occasions and they are messengers of his word. In this case God sent the angel Gabriel to bring this message to Mary.
Activities for Children
An image such as a painting is a very good way to introduce children to the beauty and importance of a biblical story. At the same time we can teach children a love of art. Share with the children some paintings that you like and explain that these are paintings of great painters who show The Annunciation. These painters were inspired by the story of the Annunciation and as such tThese paintings are in museums where people from around the world will observe and these continue to mark this important Bible story.
Coloring Pages -and Cut-outs
After seeing the pictures, tell the children that they too can paint and decorate their own images of the Annunciation. Use the above as a colouring page.
Or, use this activity to tell children about Angels:
Angel Craft Shapes
This is a simple craft that toddlers and preschoolers can easily make. This is a simple craft toddlers and preschoolers That Can Easily make.
I didn't make a template for this craft as the shapes are so easy to cut out. I did not make a template for this craft as the shapes are so easy to cut out.
If you want to make it with older children, you can have them draw on a face and glue on some wool hair. Or use wiggly eyes instead of drawn eyes If you want to make it with Older Children, You Can Have them draw on a face and glue on Some wool hair. Or use wiggly eyes eyes drawn INSTEAD OF
- triangle of construction paper triangle of construction paper
- circle of construction paper circle of construction paper
- circle of white paper or a paper doily circle of white paper or a paper doily
- glue glue
- OPTIONAL: glitter glue, sequins or sparkles OPTIONAL: glitter glue, sequins or sparkles
- Decorate the triangle of construction paper with
glitter glue, sequins, sparkles, or markers
- Fold doily in half and glue it together..
doily to the back of the triangle
- Glue circle to the top of the triangle (see
- While working on this craft, you can ask the kids to point to the triangle
and point to the circle.
- ask whether the doily circle or the construction paper circle is bigger
- ask whether the triangle or the circle is bigger (this is a tougher question as the shapes are different).
- when they fold the doily, point out that it is now HALF a circle.
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Purple Pig on September 18, 2016:
I found this worthless and not informative
julia on September 06, 2011:
This is a great site
Chesterton Wilde (author) from Quebec on July 20, 2010:
Michael: thank you! The Annunciation is one of my very favourite topics in my contemplations.
Michael Jay on July 20, 2010:
Wow! This hub is fantastic. The information and the images are great. Great job, Chesterton!