Fourth Sunday of Advent
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16Luke 1:46b-55or Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26Romans 16:25-27Luke 1:26-38
Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me …
Church in a Dogon Village, Mali
I declare that your steadfast love is established forever; your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.
"Love is the Only Solution" - Dorothy Day -- Mural in San Francisco, CA
Now to God who is able to strengthen you … through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.
Jesus Christ: "Love One Another"Red GalleryBeijing, China
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth,
St. Gabriel,Personal iconColorado Springs, CO
to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David.
JosephBrazilian Nativity Scene
The virgin's name was Mary.
Face of Mary, The Annunciation -- JosefPyrz, Durham Cathedral, Durham, England
And he came to her and said, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you."
The AnnunciationAbbey ofKeurMoussa,KeurMoussa, Senegal
But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be.
The Annunciation -- HenryOssawaTanner, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PS
The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.
Behold the Lord's ServantDante Gabriel RossettiTate BritainLondon, England
And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus.
The AnnunciationFra Angelico Prado Museum, Madrid, Spain
Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?"
The Annunciation -- JESUSMAFA, Cameroon
The angel said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you;
The AnnunciationChurch of Our Lady of Pity,Swaffam, England
therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.
Madonna and Child from Mexico -- Mosaic from Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth, Israel
For nothing will be impossible with God."
Gloria! -- Prince of Peace Abbey, Oceanside, CA
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