Thursday, May 31, 2012

The Visitation

 The Visitation
(Byzantine Fresco)

I love the Entrance Antiphon for today's feast of the  Visitation:
Come and hear, all who fear God; I will tell what the Lord did for my soul.

Today's gospel includes the Magnificat, Mary's great prayer glorifying God.   This fresco from the Balkans, depicting the embrace of Mary and Elizabeth is visually all about the inspiration of the Holy Spirit  (in an icon, billowing cloth is a symbol of the action of the Spirit).  Their loving embrace symbolizes the unity, joy and charity which are gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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