To the right of the
angel are the words he spoke to Mary: AVE GRATIA PLENA, DOMINUS TECUM ("Hail full of grace, the
lord is with you"). The white bird at 9 o'clock on Mary's halo is the
dove representing the Holy Spirit. Her rounded belly and the book she
presses to it express her now being pregnant with Jesus Christ, "the
Word made flesh."
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