The Annunciation
Angel of the Annunciation Annunciation Mary
Panels from the altarpiece, Ghent Cathedral
Jan Van Eyck, c 1395-1441

The feast of the Annunciation, also known as Lady Day, celebrates the appearance of the archangel Gabriel to Mary, with the announcement that she is to bear the child of God, a story told in the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke. It is an important day for believers, a time to focus on the doctrine of the incarnation, i.e. that the Word of God was made flesh in the form of his son, Jesus Christ.

See also Otherworldly visitors: the Annunciation