"Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary." Luke 1:26-27 ASV
<p>Detail of New Testament illustration showing the angel Gabriel appearing to Mary. Gabriel holds a lily, a symbol of the Virgin Mary.

The Annunciation, Detail View

"Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,…

"Lady Chapel of Gloucester Cathedral, England, looking toward the nave." -Whitney, 1911

Gloucester Cathedral

"Lady Chapel of Gloucester Cathedral, England, looking toward the nave." -Whitney, 1911

An illustration of an enameled clay relief of the Virgin Mary and Jesus.

Virgin Mary and Jesus

An illustration of an enameled clay relief of the Virgin Mary and Jesus.

The mother of Jesus, who is highly venerated by Christians.

Virgin Mary

The mother of Jesus, who is highly venerated by Christians.

The Virgin Mary was a Jewish resident of Nazareth in Galilee and known from the New Testament as the mother of Jesus of Nazareth.

Virgin Mary

The Virgin Mary was a Jewish resident of Nazareth in Galilee and known from the New Testament as the…

"Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. And he came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee. But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this might be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favor with God. And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: and he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end." Luke 1:26-33 ASV
<p>Illustration shows the angel Gabriel appearing to Mary. Gabriel floats above the floor. He has large winds and hold a lily, the traditional symbol for Mary. Gabriel raises his right hand in blessing. Mary kneels on the floor, her hands pressed together and head downward.

The Annunciation, Gabriel Appears to Mary

"Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,…

The Statue of Virgin and Savior is made of stone. It depicts the Virgin Mary carrying infant Jesus standing on a pedestal under a spiked canopy.

Statue of Virgin and Saviour

The Statue of Virgin and Savior is made of stone. It depicts the Virgin Mary carrying infant Jesus standing…

An illustration of the sculpture of the Virgin Mary.

Virgin Mary

An illustration of the sculpture of the Virgin Mary.