The Annunciation referred to as the Annunciation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Annunciation of Our Lady, or the Annunciation of the Lord, is the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox celebration of the announcement by the Archangel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus, the Jewish messiah and Son of God, marking His Incarnation. Gabriel told Mary to name her son Jesus, meaning "YHWH is salvation". According to Luke 1:26, the Annunciation occurred "in the sixth month" of Elizabeth's pregnancy with John the Baptist. Many Christians observe this event with the Feast of the Annunciation on 25 March, an approximation of the northern vernal equinox nine full months before Christmas, the ceremonial birthday of Jesus; the Annunciation is a key topic in Christian art in general, as well as in Marian art in the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages and Renaissance. A work of art depicting the Annunciation is sometimes itself called an Annunciation. In the Bible, the Annunciation is narrated in Luke 1:26–38: 26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth's pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David.

The virgin's name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are favored! The Lord is with you." 29 Mary was troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob's descendants forever. 34 "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" 35 The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, she, said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will fail." 38 "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May your word to me be fulfilled." The angel left her. A separate and different annunciation is that given to Joseph, not Mary, in Matthew 1:18–23: 18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.

19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 "The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, they will call him Immanuel". Manuscript 4Q246 of the Dead Sea Scrolls reads: shall be great upon the earth. O king, all people shall make peace, all shall serve him, he shall be called the son of the Great God, by his name shall he be hailed as the Son of God, they shall call him Son of the Most High. It has been suggested that the similarity in content is such that Luke's version may in some way be dependent on the Qumran text.

The Annunciation is described in the Quran, in Surah 003:045 verses 45–51: 45 Behold! the angels said: "O Mary! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a Word from Him: his name will be Christ Jesus, the son of Mary, held in honour in this world and the Hereafter and of those nearest to Allah. In the Eastern Orthodox, Eastern Catholic, Oriental Orthodox Churches, the Feast of the Annunciation is one of the twelve "Great Feasts" of the liturgical year, is among the eight of them that are counted as "feasts of the Lord". Throughout the Orthodox Church, the feast is celebrated on March 25. In the churches that use the new style Calendar, this date coincides with March 25 on the civil calendar, while in those churches using the old style Julian calendar, March 25 is reckoned to fall on April 7 on the civil calendar, will fall on April 8 starting in the year 2100; the traditional hymn for the feast of the Annunciation goes back to St Athanasius. It runs: As the action initiating the Incarnation of Christ, Annunciation has such an important place in Orthodox Christian theology that the festal Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom is always celebrated on the feast if it falls on Great and Holy Friday, the day when the crucifixion of Jesus is remembered.

Indeed, the Divine Liturgy is celebrated on Great and Holy Friday only when the latter coincides with the feast of the Annunciation. If the Annunciation falls on Pascha itself, a coincidence, called Kyriopascha it is celebrated jointly with the Resurrection, the focus of Easter. Due to these and similar rules, the rubrics surrounding the celebration of the feast are the most complex of all in Orthodox Christian liturgics. St Ephraim taught that the date of the conception of Jesus Christ fell on 10 Nisan on the Hebrew calendar, the day in which the passover lamb was selected according to Exodus 12; some years 10 Nisan falls on March 25, the traditional date

John Rolfe Gardiner

John Rolfe Gardiner is an American author of several novels and short stories. He is best known for his novel Somewhere in France, aside from which he has written four other novels and two short-story collections. Sixteen of his stories were published in The New Yorker, his short story "The Voyage Out" was anthologized in The Best American Short Stories. His work was awarded the O. Henry Award. Gardiner's stories take place in his native Virginia, but in various places in Europe, most prominently in France, his work has received vast critical acclaim: Elegantly written, this funny, poignant gem of a book.. This is an abundant work that you'll want to read more than once There is something tantalizingly sinister about Gardiner's short stories: a hint of intrigue and a soupcon of the illicit connect them all... Haunting fare from a master storyteller, richly evocative and thought provoking Gardiner is a wonderfully distinctive writer whose funny stories are animated by a healing, intelligent compassion for characters groping for redemption in a heartless world Gardiner lives in Middleburg, with his artist wife Joan.

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Coach Trip (series 4)

Coach Trip 4 was the fourth series of Coach Trip in the United Kingdom which, filmed between 7 September and 27 October 2009, began airing on Monday 15 February 2010. The length of this series was longer than the previous instalments, increased from 30 days to 50 days for a tour centred on European, North African and West Asian countries on a coach like series 1, 2 and 3 attempting to vote off the least popular couples. Tour guide Brendan Sheerin, coach driver Paul Donald and narrator David Quantick all returned for this series, which aired on Channel 4. MT09 MTT was the registration number plate. Indicates that the couple received the most votes and received a yellow card Indicates that the couple were red carded off the trip Indicates that the couple were removed from the coach Indicates that the couple left the coach due to other reasons than being voted off or being removed from the coach Indicates that it was the couple's first vote meaning they could not be voted for Indicates that the couple did not take part in the vote, meaning they could neither vote nor be voted for Indicates that the couple received a special treat due to being voted as the most popular couple Indicates that the couple were voted as the most popular couple and won series Indicates that the couple were voted as the second most popular couple Indicates that the couple were voted as the third most popular couple Indicates that the couple were voted as the fourth most popular couple ^1 Bruce & Jon were removed with a red card on Day 12 for breaking the rules regarding verbal and physical abuse as Bruce started to fight Tam & Jayson on the coach, they only arrived on Day 11 making them the shortest timed couple in the series.

^2 Caroline & Russ were removed with a red card on Day 36 as they canvassed for votes during the day due to being tired and annoyed with their fellow passengers as they were loud and singing all the way to their first destination. ^3 Paul & Rob were removed with a red card on Day 44 as they canvassed for votes during the day due to being tired and annoyed with their fellow passengers and they had to be back in England by Monday. No timekeepers in series Location: Portsmouth Morning activity: Visit to the Spinnaker Tower Afternoon activity: Sailing on the Portsmouth coast Location: Caen & Bayeux Morning activity: World War II museum Afternoon activity: Archery lesson Location: Le Mans Morning activity: Go-kart racing Afternoon activity: Eating French delicacies Location: Chevreuse & Paris Morning activity: Horse riding Afternoon activity: Can-can lesson Location: Paris Morning activity: Eiffel Tower Afternoon activity: Fencing Location: Chablis Morning activity: Rock climbing Afternoon activity: Wine tasting Location: Dijon Morning activity: Segways Afternoon activity: Mustard making Location: Lausanne Morning activity: Curling Afternoon activity: Medieval castle tour Location: Saas-Fee Morning activity: The morning activity was cancelled due to weather conditions, Brendan arranged for an early lunch Afternoon activity: Cable-car trip up the mountain Location: Milan Morning activity: Visit the San Siro Stadium Afternoon activity: Cathedral tour Location: Desenzano del Garda, Lake Garda Morning activity: Sailing Afternoon activity: Location: Bassano del Grappa, Vicenza Morning activity: Afternoon activity: Location: Venice Morning activity: Gondola lesson Afternoon activity: Beach visit During the journey from Venice to Ljubljana, it emerges that two tourists have had a big row overnight - and there is an atmosphere on the coach.

Arriving in Maribor, the group have great fun dancing on a river raft and rope swinging above a valley. However, Brendan has his feathers ruffled by a local guide; the tourists have fun on the farm milking cows in Austria. Brendan enjoys a choc-fest at a local chocolate factory, and there is another unexpected exit from the tour. In Zagreb, Croatia, an edible flower making class ends in disgrace for three of the boys, but a trip to the zoo is more successful, and two new couples join Brendan's merry band of tourists. Brendan leads the group on a day of Croatian country pursuits in Slovanski Brod. A new `celebrity' couple join up for the tour, settle in instantly, and another couple gets the boot. One of the tour party takes a bit of a shine to the local guide on a museum visit in Belgrade, and impresses everyone with his incredible water-skiing skills. In Nis, in Serbia, the group are joined by a new couple, and two of the remaining original tourists get a nasty surprise at vote time. The group head further east into Serbia, to a world heritage site ranked as the 77th wonder of the world.

But the party are a bit underwhelmed. At a local spa and his girlfriend's mum Trish are suitably embarrassed when they end up having a topless massage in the same room. Two new couples join the party as the group heads into Bulgaria, where they enjoy a pottery class and a traditional bagpipe lesson, but there are tears at vote time. In Bulgaria, the group head for a cookery lesson where the main course of cow brain is rather hard to stomach, and after an afternoon's medieval fighting lesson, the battling continues at vote time. The tour arrives in Turkey, where a trip to a traditional steam bath proves a bit too hands-on for some of the party's liking. In Istanbul, a couple of lively lads upset some of the veterans of the party; the group visit the Grand Bazaar. And at the vote another couple fall victim of an emerging alliance. In Istanbul the group go on a boat jaunt across the