Jesse Tree – Day 22: Mary

Today is an exciting day because it’s all about Mary! You know… the Lady who accepted Christ in her life and thus was the one who prompted Christmas in the first place!

Here is the ornament:

It’s Mary! Isn’t she pretty? Click here if you want to crochet your own ornament!

See? It’s Mary! The colors, by the way, were picked by my five-year-old daughter, who apparently has some great color picking choices.

Now, I made an entire book dedicated to the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary (ahem, you can buy the book here), which includes an art devotional dedicated to the Annunciation. So, technically, I could just copy and paste the pictures from my book here.

But… as awesome as those pictures are — and trust me, they are awesome! — I figured I would find even more pictures for you. Because, let’s face it… there are so many beautiful pictures of Mary. 🙂

And so, with no further ado… the scripture readings of the day!

The Annunciation

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Luke 1

26In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, 27to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. 28And coming to her, he said, “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you.”

Annunciation, by Guido da Siena, c. 1262-79.  Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey, United States.
Annunciation, by Guido da Siena, c. 1262-79. Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey, United States.

NABRE

Luke 1

29But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.

The Annunciation, by El Greco, c. 1590-1603. Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki, Japan.
The Annunciation, by El Greco, c. 1590-1603. Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki, Japan.

NABRE

Luke 1

30Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus. 32 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, 33and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

Annunciation, by Ludovico Carracci, c. 1603-04. Musei di Strada Nuova, Genoa, Italy.
Annunciation, by Ludovico Carracci, c. 1603-04. Musei di Strada Nuova, Genoa, Italy.

NABRE

Luke 1

34But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”

The Annunciation, by Bernardo Strozzi, c. 1644. Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary.
The Annunciation, by Bernardo Strozzi, c. 1644. Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary.

NABRE

Luke 1

35And 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.

The Annunciation, by Tzanfournaris Emmanuel, c. 1575-1610. Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece.
The Annunciation, by Tzanfournaris Emmanuel, c. 1575-1610. Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece.

NABRE

Luke 1

36And 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; 37for nothing will be impossible for God.”

Mary Meeting Elizabeth, by Domenico Beccafumi, c. 16th century. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.
Mary Meeting Elizabeth, by Domenico Beccafumi, c. 16th century. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

NABRE

Luke 1

38Mary 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.

The Annunciation, by Sandro Botticelli, c. 1485-92. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, United States.
The Annunciation, by Sandro Botticelli, c. 1485-92. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, United States.

…all right. I admit it. I included one picture from my book, The Joyful Mysteries, in this blog. But, you have to admit, it’s a beautiful one, don’t you think? 🙂

Karina Tabone

Karina Tabone is a wife, mother of four, author, blogger, and lover of Christian artwork. She's the author of the Illustrated Rosary series, which pairs every prayer of the Rosary with beautiful religious artwork. She likes also milkshakes, sunshine, and mystery novels. Follow her on Twitter at @illustr_prayer.

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