Gabriel was the Archangel that announced the coming of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. He appeared to Zacharias, to announce the nativity of St. John the Baptist, cousin of Jesus Christ. The greatest honor of Gabriel consists of being sent by GOD to Mary in Nazareth and announce to her that she was chosen to be the Mother of GOD. The name Gabriel means "The Power of GOD.
The dormition, assumption, and coronation of the Virgin Mary from the Ramsey Psalter, a tenth century illuminated English manuscript. Note the similitude between the dormition scene in the bottom left pane and the Byzantine form. (And yes, my Roman Catholic brothers and sisters, Mary's "falling asleep" depicted here is natural death as indicated by her separated soul preserved in the arms of her Son.)
The Boleyn Cup is in a church in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England, The Boleyn Cup was made for Anne Boleyn in 1535 when she was Queen, just a year before her death, and is made out of silver and gilt. It was apparently passed on to her daughter, Elizabeth I, who gave it as a gift to Richard Master, her physician, and then he eventually gave it to St John the Baptist Parish Church in Cirencester Read more: http://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/anne-boleyn-treasures-uncovered/#ixzz3pu5OoCpt
Manchester, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1915 Birth, Marriage & Death, including Parish Baptism 23 Aug 1857 - Smallbridge, St John the Baptist, Lancashire Father Charles Butterworth Mother Betty Butterworth Name Elizabeth Butterworth
"In this year 1348 in Melcombe, in the county of Dorset, a little before the feast of St. John the Baptist [that is, around the 25th June 1348], two ships, one of them from Bristol came alongside. One of the sailors had brought with him from Gascony the seeds of the terrible pestilence and through him the men of that town of Melcombe were the first in England to be infected."