"The Annunciation"

"The Annunciation," 1462
Alesso Baldovinetti

"The Annunciation," 2008
Kirby Kendrick


Since the middle of the second century, artists have made images of the annunciation:
the announcement by the angel Gabriel to Mary, a virgin, that she would conceive and
become the mother of Jesus, the son of God. Scholars tell us Mary was probably a
simple village girl of 15 and was betrothed to Joseph, an older man and a carpenter by
trade. Can you imagine the shock and fear Mary must have felt on seeing the vision of
this angel and hearing his astonishing message? After some assurance by Gabriel, the
Bible gives us Maryʼs response:

“Behold, I am the handmaid to the Lord. Be it done to me according to thy word.”

Have a blessed Christmas!