Jesse Tree Day 22: The Annunciation

We are so close to Christmas!!! Today in our Advent devotional, the Illustrated Jesse Tree, we’re taking a closer look at Mary, aka the Lady who allowed God to completely transform her life by accepting Christ as her savior, before He was even born!!!

And so, today, we’re going to look at the Annunciation. Using pictures from my book, The Joyful Mysteries, because I think I picked lovely images for the Annunciation. 🙂 Enjoy!


Annunciation

A Reading from the Gospel according to Luke (Luke 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.

The Annunciation, by John William Waterhouse, c. 1914. Private Collection. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
The Annunciation, by John William Waterhouse, c. 1914. Private Collection.

And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

Annunciation, c. 1420. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
Annunciation, c. 1420. Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.

Who having heard, was troubled at his saying, and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be.

Annunciation, by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, c. 1660. State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
Annunciation, by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, c. 1660. State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia.

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.

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.

The Annunciation, c. 1400. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, United States.
The Annunciation, c. 1400. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, United States.

And Mary said to the angel: How shall this be done, because I know not man?

The Annunciation, by Domenico Beccafumi, c. 1545-46. Chiesa di San Martino in Foro, Sarteano, Italy.
The Annunciation, by Domenico Beccafumi, c. 1545-46. Chiesa di San Martino in Foro, Sarteano, Italy.

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.

Ustyug Annuncation, c. 1130-40. The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
Ustyug Annuncation, c. 1130-40. The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.

And behold thy cousin Elizabeth, she also hath conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her that is called barren:

The Annunciation, by Lucenti de Correggio, c. 1610s. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
The Annunciation, by Lucenti de Correggio, c. 1610s. State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Because no word shall be impossible with God.

The Annunciation, by Pedro Berruguete, c. 14th century. Miraflores Charterhouse, Burgos, Spain. Via IllustratedPrayer.com
The Annunciation, by Pedro Berruguete, c. 14th century. Miraflores Charterhouse, Burgos, Spain.

And Mary said: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word. And 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.

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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