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Annunciation and Visitation
- The Annunciation . . ..Luke 1:26-38 (Links to the NIV are provided
as a comparason to the more traditional catholic text.)
- CCC Annunciation, general info
on Mary in the encyclopedia and in the catechism.
- Lk 1:26-38 "And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent
from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin espoused
to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David: and the virgin's
name was Mary. And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full
of grace, the Lord is with you: blessed are you among women. Who having
heard, was troubled at his saying and thought with herself what manner
of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: Fear not,
Mary, for you have found grace with God. Behold you shall conceive in
your womb and shall bring forth a son: and you
shall call his name Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called the
Son of the Most High. And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne
of David his father: and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever.
And of his kingdom there shall be no end.
And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I
know not man? And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost
shall come upon you and the power of the Most High shall overshadow
you. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of you shall be
called the Son of God. And behold your cousin Elizabeth, she also has
conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her
that is called barren. Because no word shall be impossible with God.
And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me
according to your word. And the angel departed from her." Rheims NT, NAB.
- Joseph's story... Matt. 1:18-21
- ccc 437.
- Matt. 1:18-21 "Now the generation of
Christ was in this wise. When as his mother Mary was espoused to
Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child, of the
Holy Ghost. Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not
willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately.
But while he thought on these things, behold the Angel of the Lord
appeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to
take unto you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of
the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son: and you shall call his
name Jesus. For he shall save his people from their sins." Rheims NT, NAB.
Mary's Visit to Elizabeth... . Luke
- Lk 1:39-45 "And Mary rising up in those days, went into the hill
country with haste into a city of Juda. And she entered into the house
of Zachary and saluted Elizabeth. And it came to pass that when
Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb.
And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost. And she cried out with a
loud voice and said: Blessed are you among women and blessed is the
fruit of your womb. And whence is this to me that the mother of my Lord
should come to me? For behold as soon as the voice of your salutation
sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed
are you that has believed, because those things shall be accomplished
that were spoken to you by the Lord." Rheims NT, NAB.
1:46-55, (re ccc Prayer Magnificat)
Madonna of the Magnificat.)
- Lk 1:46-55 "And Mary said: My soul does magnify the Lord. And my
spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. Because he has regarded the
humility of his handmaid: for behold from henceforth all generations
shall call me blessed. Because he that is mighty has done great things
to me: and holy is his name. And his mercy is from generation unto
generations, to them that fear him. He has showed might in his arm: he
has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He has put down
the mighty from their seat and has exalted the humble. He has filled
the hungry with good things: and the rich he has sent empty away. He
has received Israel his servant, being mindful of his mercy. As he
spoke to our fathers: to Abraham and to his seed for ever." Rheims NT, NAB.
She returns home...Luke
1:56 "And Mary abode with her about three
months. And she returned to her own house." Rheims,
4:4 "But when the fulness of the time was
come, God sent his Son, made of a woman, made under the law..."
ccc on the prayer Hail Mary and its scriptural foundation. ccc
The Birth of her Son.
Birth in Bethlehem...Luke
angelico's Nativity.) (Pieter
Bruegel The Elder, Census at Bethlehem.)
- Lk 2:1-7 "And it came to pass that in those days there went out a
decree from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled.
This enrolling was first made by Cyrinus, the governor of Syria. And
all went to be enrolled, every one into his own city. And Joseph also
went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the
city of David, which is called Bethlehem: because he was of the house
and family of David. To be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who
was with child. And it came to pass that when they were there, her days
were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth
her first born son and wrapped him up in swaddling clothes and laid him
in a manger: because there was no room for them in the inn." Rheims
Adoration of the Shepherds.)
- Lk 2:8-18 "And there were in the same country shepherds watching
and keeping the night watches over their flock. And behold an angel of
the Lord stood by them and the brightness of God shone round about
them: and they feared with a great fear. And the angel said to them:
Fear not; for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy that shall
be to all the people: For, this day is born to you a Savior, who is
Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto
you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. And suddenly there was with the
angel a multitude of the heavenly army, praising God and saying: Glory
to God in the highest: and on earth peace to men of good will. And it
came to pass, after the angels departed from them into heaven, the
shepherds said one to another: Let us go over to Bethlehem and let us
see this word that is come to pass, which the Lord has showed to us.
And they came with haste: and they found Mary and Joseph, and the
infant lying in the manger. And seeing, they understood of the word
that had been spoken to them concerning this child. And all that heard
wondered: and at those things that were told them by the shepherds." Rheims NT, NAB.
- ccc: angels. Definition of shepherd. ccc: Shepherds as first witnesses, 525.
2:19 "But Mary kept all these words,
pondering them in her heart."
In the Temple
- Presentation/circumcision...Lk 2:21-24 (Giotto Presentation in the Temple.)
- CCC Jesus' Circumcision, Presentation
- Lk 2:21-24 "And after eight days were accomplished, that the
child should be circumcised, his name was called JESUS, which was
called by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. And after the
days of her purification, according to the law of Moses, were
accomplished, they carried him to Jerusalem, to present him to the
Lord: As it is written in the law of the Lord: Every male opening the
womb shall be called holy to the Lord. And to offer a sacrifice,
according as it is written in the law of the Lord, a pair of
turtledoves or two young pigeons..." Rheims NT, NAB.
- Simeon...Lk 2:25-35
- Prayer Nunc Dimittis...Lk 2:29-32
- A Sword shall pierce...Lk 2:33-35
- Lk 2:25-35 "And behold there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon:
and this man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of
Israel. And the Holy Ghost was in him. And he had received an answer
from the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death before he had seen
the Christ of the Lord. And he came by the Spirit into the temple. And
when his parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to
the custom of the law, He also took him into his arms and blessed God
and said 'Now you can dismiss your servant, O Lord, according to your
word in peace: Because my eyes have seen your salvation, Which you have
prepared before the face of all peoples: A light to the revelation of
the Gentiles and the glory of your people Israel.' And his father and
mother were wondering at those things which were spoken concerning him.
And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother: 'Behold this child
is set for the fall and for the resurrection of many in Israel and for
a sign which shall be contradicted. And your own soul a sword shall
pierce, that, out of many hearts thoughts may be revealed.'" Rheims NT, NAB.
- After obeying the Law,
return to Nazareth...Lk 2:39 "And after
they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they
returned into Galilee, to their city Nazareth." Rheims NT, NAB.
(To see a larger view of Rembrandt's Holy Family click
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Matthew's report of events after the birth.
- Wise men...Matt. 2:1-12 (Correggio's Adoration of the Magi.) (Albrecht
Durer's Magi.) (Bosch,
- CCC 528, Magi and Epiphany.
- Matt 2:1-12 "When Jesus therefore was born in Bethlehem of Juda,
in the days of king Herod, behold, there came wise men from the East to
Jerusalem, Saying: Where is he that is born king of the Jews? For we
have seen his star in the East, and are come to adore him. And king
Herod hearing this, was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And
assembling together all the chief priests and the scribes of the
people, he inquired of them where Christ should be born. But they said
to him: In Bethlehem of Juda. For so it is written by the prophet: And
you Bethlehem the land of Juda are not the least among the princes of
Juda: for out of you shall come forth the captain that shall rule my
people Israel. Then Herod, privately calling the wise men learned
diligently of them the time of the star which appeared to them; And
sending them into Bethlehem, said: Go and diligently inquire after the
child, and when you have found him, bring me word again, that I also
may come and adore him. Who having heard the king, went their way; and
behold the star which they had seen in the East, went before them,
until it came and stood over where the child was. And seeing the star
they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. And entering into the house,
they found the child with Mary his mother, and falling down they adored
him: and opening their treasures, they offered him gifts; gold,
frankincense, and myrrh. And having received an answer in sleep that
they should not return to Herod, they went back another way into their
country." Rheims NT, NAB.
- Columbia Encyclopedia on the Wise Men. You
can also see the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia's entry on Magi,
but realize the story is now usually considered to be myth, i.e. it
contains religious truth, but not history. [The same is asserted for
the flight into Egypt and much of the Infancy Narritives. See Father
Ray Brown's Birth of the Messiah.]
- The Flight and the Return from Egypt... Matt. 2:13-23. (Giotto's Flight into Egypt.) (Correggio's Rest on Flight to Egypt.)
- CCC Flight, Death of the innocents (Fra Angelico: Massacre of the
- Matt. 2:13-23 "And after they were departed, behold an angel of
the Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph, saying: Arise, and take the child
and his mother, and fly into Egypt: and be there until I shall tell
you. For it will come to pass that Herod will seek the child to destroy
him. Who arose, and took the child and his mother by night, and retired
into Egypt: and he was there until the death of Herod: That it might be
fulfilled which the Lord spoke by the prophet, saying: Out of Egypt
have I called my son. Then Herod perceiving that he was deluded by the
wise men, was exceeding angry: and sending killed all the men children
that were in Bethlehem, and in all the borders thereof, from two years
old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired
of the wise men. Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremias
the prophet, saying: A voice in Rama was heard, lamentation and great
mourning; Rachel bewailing her children, and would not be comforted,
because they are not. But when Herod was dead, behold an angel of the
Lord appeared in sleep to Joseph in Egypt, Saying: Arise, and take the
child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel. For they are dead
that sought the life of the child. Who arose, and took the child and
his mother, and came into the land of Israel. But hearing that
Archclaus reigned in Judea in the room of Herod his father, he was
afraid to go thither: and being warned in sleep retired into the
quarters of Galilee. And coming he dwelt in a city called Nazareth:
that it might be fulfilled which was said by the prophets: That he
shall be called a Nazarene." Rheims NT, NAB.
After Jesus' Childhood
- Wedding Feast at Cana...John 2:1-11 (Hieronymus
Bosch: Marriage Feast at Cana.)
- ccc Cana.
- John 2:1-11 "And the third day, there was a marriage in Cana of
Galilee: and the mother of Jesus was there. And Jesus also was invited,
and his disciples, to the marriage. And the wine failing, the mother of
Jesus said to him: They have no wine. And Jesus said to her: Woman,
what is that to me and to you? My hour is not yet come. His mother said
to the waiters: Whatsoever he shall say to you, do it. Now there were
set there six water pots of stone, according to the manner of the
purifying of the Jews, containing two or three measures apiece. Jesus
said to them: Fill the water pots with water. And they filled them up
to the brim. And Jesus said to them: Draw out now and carry to the
chief steward of the feast. And they carried it. And when the chief
steward had tasted the water made wine and knew not whence it was, but
the waiters knew who had drawn the water: the chief steward called the
bridegroom, And said to him: Every man at first sets forth good wine,
and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse. But you have
kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in
Cana of Galilee and manifested his glory. And his disciples believed in
- Family visit...Mark 3:31-35
- (The Lord's family are those who do God's will.)
- Jesus "brothers" ccc 500.
- See the New American Bible footnote #3.
- "Brethern" in the Catholic Encyclopedia.
- St. Jerome on Mary's perpetual virginity.
- ccc Mary is our mother, she is a sign showing us
- Mark 3:31-35 "And his mother and his brethren came; and standing
without, sent unto him, calling him. And the multitude sat about him;
and they said to him: Behold your mother and your brethren without
looking for you. And answering them, he said: Who is my mother and my
brethren? And looking round about on them who sat about him, he said:
Behold my mother and my brethren. For whosoever shall do the will of
God, he is my brother, and my sister, and mother." Rheims NT, NAB.
The People at Nazareth...Matt.
13:54-57; Mark 6:3
- Mark 6:3 "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother
of James, and Joseph, and Jude, and Simon? are not also his sisters
here with us? And they were scandalized in regard of him." Rheims, NAB, footnote 3.
- Matt 13:54-57 "And coming into his own country, he taught them in
their synagogues, so that they wondered and said: How came this man by
this wisdom and miracles? Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his
mother called Mary, and his brethren James, and Joseph, and Simon, and
Jude: And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence therefore has
he all these things? And they were scandalized in his regard. But Jesus
said to them: A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country,
and in his own house." Rheims, NAB, footnote 4.
- At Crucifixion...John 19:25-27 (Fra Angelico's Crucified Christ with Saint John
the Evangelist, the Virgin, and Saints Dominic and Jerome.)
- cf. Lam. 1:12 (Cranach: Lamentation.)
John 19:25-27 "Now there stood by the cross of Jesus, his mother
and his mother's sister, Mary of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalen. When
Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he
loved, he said to his mother: Woman, behold your son. After that, he
said to the disciple: Behold your mother. And from that hour, the
disciple took her to his own." Rheims, NAB, ccc 964
- Penticost...Acts 1:12-14
- Mary is at the beginning and end of the Holy Spirit's mission to
manifest the Son., see ccc 726. (Image is "Penticost" by Cremona.)
Acts 1:12-14 "Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount
that is called Olivet, which is nigh Jerusalem, within a sabbath day's
journey. And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room,
where abode Peter and John, James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas,
Bartholomew and Matthew, James of Alpheus and Simon Zelotes and Jude
the brother of James. All these were persevering with one mind in
prayer with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his
brethren." Rheims, NAB, ccc 965
- Sign of Mary in Heaven...Rev. 12:1
- (Tiepolo's Immaculate Conception)
(Velazquez, The Immaculate Conception.) For the catechism's teaching on the Immaculate Conception see ccc 491-494, and 2853
- For Mary taken to heaven see ccc 966. (Raphael's Coronation of the Virgin.)
- Also, Mary mother of the church.
Rev. 12:1 "And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed
with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of
twelve stars." NAB. [In the Rheims,
the book of Revelation is called the Apocalypse.] Cf. Song of Solomon 6:10. Also cf. Gen. 3:13-15.
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