Our Panagia's Yes!

Author and illustrator biography:
Maria Passaris was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. She enjoyed living in California for several years, but was excited to return home, to share her love of her birthplace with her husband and two daughters. After the birth of their second daughter, she put a pause on her architecture career to stay home and raise their girls. Her interest in writing and illustrating children's books began with a desire to share with them her love for our Lord, Panagia and all the Saints in the Church. She hopes to use this new artistic outlet as a means of sharing her gratitude for the blessings of every day.

"This wonderful book presents the central Bible story of the Annunciation of our blessed Virgin Mary, namely that event which celebrates the moment when the archangel Gabriel announced the good tidings to our all-holy Mother that she would conceive a son by the power of the Holy Spirit, to be called Jesus (cf. Lk 1:26-38), 'the One who saves'. The author depicts this pre-eminent story with much clarity, coherence and conviction; indeed, focusing her attention on an aspect, often overlooked, namely Panagia's response in freedom-her 'yes' as indicated in the title-to the angel's proclamation of our Lord's incarnation."

- His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia