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Christmas Images:

Elizabeth and Mary, II

Luke 1:40-45

Although not a big part of the Christmas story today, in the past, the visitation 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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The Visitation

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Luke 1:40-45

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"Sandro Botticelli 080" by Sandro Botticelli - 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.
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The Visitation

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" 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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The Visitation of Mary

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The Magnificat

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Luke 1:40-45

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"And Mary said: 'My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.'

Gospel of Luke 1:46-55

 Painting 'The Annunciation'  by Rogier van der Weyden

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"OHM - Heimsuchung" by Wolfgang Sauber - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
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