The Art of Advent: The Meeting of Mary and Elisabeth

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Viewing and pondering sacred art offers the faithful a great way to prepare for the birth of Our Blessed Lord at Christmas. This series of articles will highlight several pieces of art related to the Gospel readings of this year’s lectionary cycle, as well as two pieces related to the week leading to Christmas. Each of these pieces of art allows us to reflect deeply on God’s plan for our lives, and to be prepared for the joyful celebration of Our Lord’s Nativity.

In the week leading to Christmas, we read the Gospel passage that tells us what happened after Mary made her fiat at the Annunciation. We hear that she “set out…in haste” from Nazareth. Her destination was the hill country of Judea, near Jerusalem, specifically the home of her kinswoman. At the Annunciation, the archangel Gabriel confirmed that he was God’s messenger by informing Mary of her elder cousin’s miraculous pregnancy. In this Gospel passage, we hear of the excitement between these two women. Elisabeth exclaims that Mary is “Most blessed…among women,” and that the fruit of her womb is blessed. Finally, Elisabeth proclaims to Mary, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled” (Luke 1:39-45). This is a joyful encounter, a moment when both women know that God has finally answered their prayers and fulfilled His plan.

The Art of Advent: The Meeting of Mary and Elisabeth

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