In today's liturgy (20 December), the Church recalls the Annunciation: "The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High" (Luke 1:26-32a).
This mosaic image is from the sanctuary of the Jesuit church on the Immaculate Conception on Farm Street in Mayfair, London.