The great Donatello sculpted this Annunciation in a dark stone called pietra serena, using gold leaf to brighten the scene. Originally for a family tomb, the piece now stands on its own in Florence's Church of the Holy Cross.
Photo by Sister Sergia Ballini.
We rightly admire Muslim neighbors and co-workers who put everything on hold five times a day in answer to the "call to prayer." But Christians have a call to prayer, too! It is the Angelus. Morning, noon and evening we are invited to pause and reaffirm our faith in the Incarnation: The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (Jn. 1:14), because "God so loved the world that he sent his only Son" (Jn. 3:16).