SUNDAY, MARCH 25: One of the Church’s oldest feasts in honor of Mary falls today, nine months before Christmas—the Feast of the Annunciation. Christians celebrate the announcement by the angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, detailing her conception of a son. (Wikipedia has details.) After greeting Mary with great respect (“Hail! Full of grace”), Gabriel specifically told the young virgin that she would become the mother of the Son of God. Mary was instructed to name the son Jesus. (Get a Catholic view from the Global Catholic Network.)
The Eastern and Western Christian Churches differ in opinion of the Annunciation’s location: While Roman Catholics believe the event took place beneath the current Church of the Annunciation, Eastern Christians believe it occurred beneath the current Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation. Yet all agree it took place at Nazareth.
Muslims also recognize the event of the Annunciation, as this is recorded in the Quran. Muslims believe it took place during the month of Ramadan.