Today, well, now tonight, is the feast of the Annunciation. (Posts in the Story of Salvation series will begin again soon. Next Thursday is Holy Thursday and I’m thinking about doing a post for that or for Holy Week or Good Friday. Not sure yet.) Tonight I’m sharing some of the beautiful artwork inspired by the Biblical account of the Annunciation. This does not even scratch the surface of the treasures of sacred art that artists have created down through the centuries. Oh, and if you haven’t seen them yet, there are galleries for each Mystery in the Rosary Project. See especially the gallery for the First Joyful Mystery, the Annunciation.
“…the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son and his name shall be called Emmanuel.”—Isaiah 7:14 Douay-Rheims Bible
Video, Handmaid of the Lord, Lesson 2 from The Bible and the Virgin Mary, Based on Scott Hahn’s Hail, Holy Queen.
And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. Who having heard, was troubled at his saying…—Luke 1:28-29 Douay-Rheims Bible
And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name Jesus.—Luke 1:30-31 Douay-Rheims Bible
Video, Marian Doctrine and Devotion: Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR, panelists Dr. Regis Martin, Dr. Scott Hahn, special guest Fr. Peter John Cameron, OP, Editor of Magnificat.
And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.—Luke 1:35 Douay-Rheims Bible
Video, Prof. Curtis Mitch, co-author of The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, a reflection on the Mass readings:
- Is 7:10-14; 8:10
- Ps 40:7-8a, 8b-9, 10, 11
- Heb 10:4-10
- Lk 1:26-38
And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.—Luke 1:38 Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we saw his glory, the glory as it were of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.—John 1:14 Douay-Rheims Bible
Thank you for visiting and reading. I hope you’ll join me again. Until next time, whoever and wherever you are, stay safe and well, virtuous and holy, and grow in devotion to the Mother of the Lord, the first and most perfect disciple,and oh, so much more than that. Let her lead you to her Son so that you can become who you were meant to be: a saint! May the Lord bless and keep you and yours, and may His peace be always with you. +JMJ+
Notes and links
- Video, Handmaid of the Lord, Lesson 2 from The Bible and the Virgin Mary, Based on Scott Hahn’s Hail, Holy Queen. Paperback. Kindle. (Affiliate links, see full disclosure below.)
- Video, Marian Doctrine and Devotion: Fr. Michael Scanlan, TOR, panelists Dr. Regis Martin, Dr. Scott Hahn, special guest Fr. Peter John Cameron, OP, Editor of Magnificat.
- Video, Prof. Curtis Mitch, co-author of The Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, a reflection on the Mass readings.
Hail, Holy Queen, Paperback. (Affiliate links, see full disclosure below.)
Hail, Holy Queen, Kindle. (Affiliate link, see full disclosure below.)
The One Ring in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings was destroyed on March 25, and it is no coincidence that that date is also the Solemnity of the Annunciation.
Bonus links: Read about Tolkien’s use of March 25 in the Lord of the Rings, “a fundamentally religious and Catholic work.”
- The Annunciation and the One Ring, Dominicana
- Why March 25th Might Be The Most Important Date of all History
- J.R.R. Tolkien, the Feast of the Annunciation and the Defeat of Sauron, National Catholic Register
- Why Tolkien Says, Catholic Education
- Take It From Tolkien: ‘The Lord Of The Rings’ Is A ‘Religious And Catholic Work’, EWTN-Great Britain.
A search page: There are many, many different editions of the Lord of the Rings, so I included my general affiliate link in the link (and image link) above that leads to a Lord of the Rings search page.
Scripture credits: All Scripture quoted in this post was taken from the Douay-Rheims Bible and is in the public domain.
Image credits: Annunciation Images found at Wikimedia Commons or WikiArt Gallery and in the public domain except where otherwise noted. I have cropped some and adjusted the colors of most of them. Artists: 1. Banner, Cima da Conegliano. 2. Amaury Duval. 3. Fra Filippo Lippi. 4. Mariotto Albertinelli and Fra Bartolomeo. Photo by Sailko, CC BY 3.0 5. Augustine Pichot. 6. Zanobi Strozzi. 7. Hans Memling. 8. The One Ring, photo by Peter J. Yost, CC BY-SA 4.0.
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