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Orthodox Christians celebrate the Annunciation

April 7 2006

Russian Orthodox Church celebrates the feast of the Annunciation today.
On this day, believers remember the events described in the Gospel of Luke.

The word "Annunciation" means - good, good news that the liberation of mankind from sin and eternal death.

Good News was proclaimed by the Virgin Mary. Archangel Gabriel announced that she would have a son who will become the Savior of the world. In the hands of the angel holding a white lily - a symbol of purity and chastity. This symbol is shown on almost all the icons of the Annunciation.

The Annunciation - one of the so-called Twelve Feasts, so every year it is celebrated in the same day: April 7.

The establishment of this festival belongs to the most remote antiquity. St. Athanasius (IV century) in his discussion called him first in a series of holidays and especially revered because it resembles the beginning of economy of salvation of people.

In Russia it was the custom in this holiday issue to the will of the birds, which symbolize the Holy Spirit descended on the Virgin Mary. In 1994 this tradition revived the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II, who has since annually produces white doves, standing on the porch of the Annunciation Cathedral in the Kremlin, reports Interfax-Religion . "

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