Visitation of the B.V.M. 2018

Mary & Elizabeth
Detail of fresco from Saint-Martin, Nohant-Vicq, France, c. 1135–40

I’m not blogging today as I shall be mostly at the Churchill Hospital, Oxford, D.V., but if you are looking for something on today’s feast, you may find these two ‘oldies’ of use:

http://www.ibenedictines.org/2013/05/31/the-kindness-of-kin-and-the-friendship-of-women/

http://www.ibenedictines.org/2016/05/31/the-feast-of-the-visitation-2016/

May Our Lady intercede for us all. Amen.

Note on the Illustration

The Visitation: Elizabeth Greets Mary, detail, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=42422 [retrieved May 30, 2018].

The Annunciation is very often accompanied by a second image of Christ’s conception: the Visitation. This can be depicted with Mary and Elizabeth embracing or with the two women speaking to each other, and Grabar has shown that the Visitation was the Christian equivalent of the parental embrace which was a standard image of conception in the pre-Christian royal biographical cycles. The Annunciation and Visitation were, then, originally ‘two parallel images of the same theme of conception, the second being added — in conformity with common iconographic tradition — to show the first witness to Christ’s conception.’ (Clayton, 144)

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6 thoughts on “Visitation of the B.V.M. 2018”

  1. I’m a bit puzzled. It’s Corpus Christi here and a holiday. Sort of makes sense as the complementary ‘bookend” to Maundy Thursday.
    Lovely picture, though.

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