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Féasta Inchollú - Feast Of the Incarnation

Gabriel and Mary
Detail of the Incarnation Dome: The Annunciation.
National Shrine, Washington D.C. USA*


The feast of the Incarnation is more commonly known as the Annunciation. It is celebrated on March 25th just nine months before Christmas. The words which surround the Incarnation Dome “The Word was made Flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14) together with scenes that ponder the Incarnation, speak vividly of God’s Word become flesh in Jesus Christ. To finely cut portions of the mosaic tiles, individual pieces of glass are cut by hand and then fitted into the appropriate space. The process of installing starts with a sketch that is enlarged to the size of the dome, reversed and the tiny pieces of glass are cut and laid together.

éú mí, cuireadh an t-aingeal Gaibriéil; ó Dhia go dtí cathair sa Ghailíl; darbh ainm Nazarat

(1:26) "And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
2. chun maighdine a bhí luaite le fear de theaghlach Dháiv;í darbh ainm Iósaef;, agus b’é ab ainm don mhaighdean, Muire.
(1:27) To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
3. Agus ar a theacht isteach chuici dúirt;: “Sé do bheatha, atá lán; de ghrásta;, tá an Tiarna leat; is beannaithe tú idir mná.;”
(1:28) And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, you are full of grace, the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women.
4. Ach bhí buaireamh uirthi de chionn na cainte, agus bhí sí ag machnamh cén; sort beannachadh é seo.
(1:29) And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
5. Ach dúirt; an t-aingeal léi;: “Ná bíodh; eagla ort, a Mhuire, óir; fuair tú gean ó Dhia.
(1:30) And the angel said unto her, "Fear not, Mary: for you have found favour with God.

6. Agus féach;, gabhfaidh tú gin agus béarfaidh; tú mac agus tabharfaidh tú íosa; mar ainm air.
(1:31) And, behold, you shall conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and shall call his name Jesus.

7. Beidh sé mór;, agus glaofar Mac an Té is airde air, agus tabharfaidh an Tiarna Dia dó ríchathaoir; Dháiv;í a athair,
(1:32) He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

8. Agus beidh sé ina Rí ar theaghlach Iacóib; go brách;, agus ní bheidh deireadh lena ríocht.;"
(1:33) And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end."

9. Dúirt; Muire leis an aingeal: “Conas a bheidh seo amhlaidh, agus gan cuid agam d’fhear chéile;?”
(1:34) Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not man?
10.Agus dúirt; an t-aingeal á freagairt: “Tuirlingeoidh an Spiorad Naomh ort, agus beidh cumhacht an té is airde ina scáil; anuas ort, agus sin é an fáth; a mbeidh an leanbh naofa; glaofar Mac Dé air.
(1:35) And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God.

11. Agus féach;, Eiliosaibeit do bhean ghaoil, ghabh sise mac freisin ina seanaois, agus is é seo an séú mí aici siúd; a dúradh; a bheith aimrid.
(1:36) And, behold, your cousin Elisabeth, she has also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

12. óir; níl; ní ar bith dodhéanta; ag Dia.”

(1:37) For with God nothing shall be impossible.
13. Dúirt; Muire “Féach;, mise banóglach; an Tiarna; déantar; liom de réir; d’fhocail.” Agus d’imigh an t-aingeal uaith.

(1:38) And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to your word. And the angel departed from her".

Courtesy of Vivian & Jack Irishpage.com December 2009.
Irish Scripture from Biobla Naofa trans by
Mons. Pádraig; ó Fiannachta (Fr. Fenton)
Replay background music: What Child is this
* Courtesy of Columbia magazine October 2008.
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