Annunciation To St. Mary And The Day Of Motherhood


April 7 2010

On April 7, the Armenian Church celebrates one of its greatest feasts
– the Annunciation to St. Mary. In the Gospel of Luke we learn that
the Angel Gabriel brings the good news to the Virgin about the birth
of the Savior (Lk 1:26-38).

According to Holy Tradition and the Evangelist, the Angel Gabriel
appears to St. Mary while reading a passage from the prophecy of
Isaiah, in which it is written about the birth of the Emmanuel from
a Virgin. The Angel greets Mary, telling her, Â"Fear not, Mary:
for you have found favor with God. And behold, you shall conceive in
your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call His Name JESUSÂ",
Araratyan Patriarchal Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church says.

The Angel Gabriel further explains to Mary, Â"The Holy Sprit shall
come upon you, and the Power of the Highest shall overshadow you,
therefore also that which is Holy which shall be born of you shall
be called the Son of God.Â" St. Mary could foresee the torments
and sufferings that she would endure. However, by giving mankind
an excellent example of obedience to the Divine Will, she said,
Â"I am the Lord’s servant. May it happen to me as you have said. Â"
Beginning from the moment when the Holy Virgin expressed these words,
she was with child.

This Gospel story is one expression of why the Armenian Church accords
high honor to motherhood, and appreciates the role of women in family
life, and the lives of mankind.

Upon the Pontifical order of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch
and Catholicos of All Armenians, the Feast of the Annunciation to
the Virgin Mary is proclaimed as a day of Â"Blessing of Motherhood
and BeautyÂ". On that day, a special blessing service is conducted
in the Armenian Churches.

April 7 is celebrated as the Day of Motherhood and Beauty in Armenian

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress

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Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS