Tag: Virgin Mary

The Visitation (Luke 1:39-45)

The Visitation (Luke 1:39-45)

‘The Visitation’ is the formal name for the visit of the Virgin Mary to her elderly relative, St Elizabeth. The episode is described only in St Luke’s gospel. It took place straight after the angel Gabriel told Mary that she was pregnant. Mary’s first thought on receiving this news was for her elderly relative Elizabeth, … Continue reading The Visitation (Luke 1:39-45)

The Birth in Bethlehem (Micah 5:1-5)

The Birth in Bethlehem (Micah 5:1-5)

Micah was one of the Twelve Prophets and possibly also a judge. He was active during the reign of three kings of Judah - Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah (roughly 757-698 BC). He also lived at the same time as the prophet Isaiah - and even quoted a passage from his book (Isaiah 2:2-4; Micah 4:1-3; … Continue reading The Birth in Bethlehem (Micah 5:1-5)

The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-56)

The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-56)

The Magnificat is a song of praise uttered by the Virgin Mary, found within the pages of St Luke’s gospel. The words of the song are based on a dramatic speech Mary made in the house of her elderly relative, St Elizabeth. Mary had just arrived there to share the news that she too was … Continue reading The Magnificat (Luke 1:46-56)

The Woman of the Apocalypse (Revelation 12:1-6)

The Woman of the Apocalypse (Revelation 12:1-6)

In this stained glass scene, we see depicted St John's great vision of the Woman of the Apocalypse. As described in Revelation 12:1-6, she is seen in heaven, clothed with the sun, standing on the moon and with a crown of twelve stars on her head. The Church has always interpreted this passage to refer … Continue reading The Woman of the Apocalypse (Revelation 12:1-6)