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The Annunciation of the Lord

April 8, 2013 by  
Filed under Ariel McKinney, Mary, Solemnity

Adriaen_van_der_Werff_019 - Copy wikimedia commons (1)

Solemnity of the Annunciation

The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said,
“Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you.” But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his Kingdom there will be no end.” But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” And the angel said to her in reply, “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 called holy, the Son of God. And behold, Elizabeth, your relative, has also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called barren; for nothing will be impossible for God.” Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
Luke 1:26-38

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Art: The Annunciation, Adriaen van der Werff, 1718, PD-US author's life plus 100 years or less, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Ariel McKinney

Ariel is a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in vocal performance and opera. She is a fervent Catholic who enjoys all that is artistic and beautiful; she also has her own photography business, Song of Songs Photography. www.songofsongsphotography.com

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  • LizEst

    Thank you for this beautiful Adriaen van der Werff of “The Annunciation” from 1718. God bless you, Ariel.

    • Vivian Ike

      the same

  • HerHeartbeat

    I love this painting too!! It’s closer to how I envision the Annunciation in my meditations….The Blessed Virgin found by the Angel Gabriel in the midst of her labors as a Jewish maiden. I don’t intend any dishonor to Our Blessed Mother! I believe she always did the will of the Father perfectly but did it in the midst of ordinary life, as I strive oh, so poorly, to do! My Catholic education in Church Tradition as a convert, even though it’s been 50+ years is, I’m sure, lacking. If I’m in error I welcome correction.

  • A truly inspirational Painting.

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