Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

detail from 'Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary' by Fra AngelicoAlso known as

  • Annunciation of the Lord
  • Annuntiatio Christi
  • Annuntiatio Dominica
  • Annuntiatio Mariae
  • Annuntio Domini
  • Christ’s conception
  • Christ’s incarnation
  • Conceptio Christi
  • Feast of the Incarnation
  • Festum Incarnationis
  • Incarnation Christi
  • Initium Redemptionis Conceptio Christi
  • Mary’s Annunciation



The annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary by Gabriel the Archangel that she was to be the Mother of God (Luke 1), the Word being made flesh through the power of the Holy Spirit. The feast probably originated about the time of the Council of Ephesus, c.431, and is first mentioned in the Sacramentary of Pope Gelasius (died 496). The Annunciation is represented in art by many masters, among them Fra Angelico, Hubert Van Eyck, Jan Van Eyck, Ghirlandajo, Holbein the Elder, Lippi, Pinturicchio, and Del Sarto.

Name Meaning

  • Latin: ad, to; nuntius, messenger


MLA Citation

  • “Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary“. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 June 2015. Web. 28 November 2015. <>