Saturday, June 1, 2013

imagining the Visitation

Yesterday at daily Mass as we celebrated the feast of the Visitation I couldn't help  remembering some of the beautiful images of this feast that we saw on our French pilgrimage. 

Two very different images that caught my attention picture unique scenarios as the two artists imagined this beautiful feast of the encounter... here they are, Mary and Elizabeth, both of them pregnant!

At the Cathedral in Amien, the artist pictured the Visitation as a "contemporary" event. And below, a modern impressionistic rendition inspired by the stained glass windows of the great Chartres Cathedral:

"The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst,
you have no further misfortune to fear.
On that day, it shall be said to Jerusalem:
Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!
The LORD, your God, is in your midst,
a mighty savior;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
and renew you in his love,
He will sing joyfully because of you,
as one sings at festivals."

~Book of Zephaniah, 
Chapter 3: 15-18