For those who observe the Julian Calendar, the Feast of the Annunciation is observed today, commemorating the moment the Angel Gabriel announced to the Holy Virgin Mary that she was chosen to be the Birthgiver of God (Θεοτόκος / Богородица).
The hymn of the day (troparion) describes this feast as the “beginning of our salvation” for on this day the Son of God became the Son of Man. Through the meek and humble obedience of the Virgin Mary, the uncontainable God comes to dwell in her womb, taking on our human nature in order to heal our brokenness and to redeem us.
The feast of the Annunciation is both a feast of the Mother of God, and a feast of the Lord. Indeed, it shows the intimate relationship between the Theotokos and her divine Son. For, in her, God’s careful work of preparation reaches its fulfilment.
On a personal note, this day holds a very special place in my heart, as I was ordained a priest on the Feast of the Anunciation in 1984.