Annunciation, Armenian Apostolic Church
Mother of God,
tabernacle of the Light,
place of the uncontainable Sun of life!
(from the Armenian Canon for the Annunciation)
On April 7, nine months before their Feast of the Nativity of Christ,
churches celebrate the Annunciation, when the angel Gabriel told Mary that
she would bear the Son of God. The Armenian Apostolic Church, recognized
as a national church by the Armenian government, is one of these.
A landlocked nation east of Turkey, Armenia seceded from the Soviet
Union in 1991. The new Republic designated April 7 a state
holiday of Motherhood and Beauty, so the feast of the Annunciation is
celebrated as Mother's Day, when people give presents to their
mothers. Armenians observe the whole period between International Women's
Day, March 8, and April 7 as Women's Month.
commemorated this date:
|Annunciation of the Birth of Christ, Coptic Church|
|Santa Maria del Pianto, Fermo, Ascoli Piceno, Marche, Italy (St.
Mary in Tears). Church consecrated, 1681.|
|Podgoretsky Mother of God, Zolochiv, Zolochevsky, Lviv, Ukraine.
Icon crowned, 1754.||
Folio from an Armenian Manuscript: The Annunciation, ca.
1500, Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, www.asia.si.edu