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According to the [[Gospel of Luke]] 1:26-38, the [[Archangel Gabriel]] appeared to Mary to announce to her that she would conceive and bear a son, even though she "knew no man." According to holy tradition Mary had come home to her parents when she was only fifteen when she was visited by Gabriel.
This date was selected by the [[Church Fathers]] to be exactly nine months ahead of the [[Nativity]] of Our Lord (or vice-versa?), indicating that Christ was conceived in perfection at that time "of the [[Holy Spirit]] and the Virgin Mary," as stated in the [[Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed]].
Many men and women in Greece are named for this event and celebrate their [[name day]] on this date.

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