There are two churches at Nazareth which claim to be the site of the meeting of Mary with the angel. One is the Orthodox Church of St. Gabriel, built in 1769 over a fresh-water spring, the town’s only water supply for many centuries. The other is the Catholic Basilica of the Annunciation, built between 1955 and 1969 over the site of an early fifth century Byzantine church and replacing the 17th century Franciscan church which collapsed in 1955. This beautiful edifice is the largest church built in the Holy Land during the last eight hundred years and is reputed to stand above Mary’s home.
The idea for this game came from the need for something different for a workshop session on prayer. It has been played by a variety of ecumenical groups at away days and more informal gatherings, including by people who say they ‘don’t do prayer’! Individual cards can also be used as tools for personal reflection.