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Elizabeth and Mary

Luke 1:40-45

Although not a big part of the Christmas story today, in the past, the meeting of Mary and Elizabeth was considered very important. The two women were cousins. Elizabeth, an old woman, is the wife of the priest Zechariah, who is told by an angel that his elderly wife will become pregnant. Unknown to the couple, their child will grow up to become John the Baptist. Mary was pregnant with Jesus. When they meet, Elizabeth's baby leaps for joy inside her womb. Elizabeth and Mary both realize that Mary's child is very special. Their meeting sets the stage for all that will come later, and it is women who recognize it first.

All paintings of the Visitation are based on the Gospel of Luke, 1:40-45, the only place where this story appears.

Free images of Joseph's Dreams Paintings of the infant John and Jesus link to Zecheriah images Luke 1:5-25 Images by chapter and verse in Gospel of Matthew Christmas Images from the Gospel of Luke Images of Elizabeth and Mary Images of the Three Wise Men ( Magi) Images of baby Jesus in the manger. Images of Joseph and Mary before Bethlehem Images of the Massacre of the Innocents Images of the trip to Bethlehem Images of Mary and the angel Gabriel ( The Annunciation) Flight to Egypt images Images of the Angels visiting the Shepherds
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"Litomerice Altarpiece-The Visitation" by Master of the Litoměřice Altarpiece - Scanned from Bohemian art of the gothic and early renaissance periods, Press Foto, Praha. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
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"Marx Reichlich 002" by Marx Reichlich - The Yorck Project: 10.000 Meisterwerke der Malerei. DVD-ROM, 2002. ISBN 3936122202. Distributed by DIRECTMEDIA Publishing GmbH.. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

" At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!””

Gospel of Luke 4:39-45

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Mattia Preti and Gregorio Preti

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Mattia Preti and Gregorio Preti

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Mattia Preti [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
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 Painting 'The Annunciation'  by Rogier van der Weyden

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Antonio de Pereda y Salgado







Luke 1:40-45

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'The Annunciation'  by Rogier van der Weyden

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"Pereda y Salgado, Antonio de - The Visitation - Google Art Project" by Pereda y Salgado, Antonio de - JwGeykl8vlPagQ at Google Cultural Institute, zoom level maximum. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

" Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.”

Gospel of Luke 1:34-37

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Free images of Joseph's Dreams Paintings of the infant John and Jesus link to Zecheriah images Luke 1:5-25 Images by chapter and verse in Gospel of Matthew Christmas Images from the Gospel of Luke Images of Elizabeth and Mary Images of the Three Wise Men ( Magi) Images of baby Jesus in the manger. Images of Joseph and Mary before Bethlehem Images of the Massacre of the Innocents Images of the trip to Bethlehem Images of Mary and the angel Gabriel ( The Annunciation) Flight to Egypt images Images of the Angels visiting the Shepherds