The Visitation of Mary (Luke 1:39-56) is an encounter so intimately domestic and yet of such momentous import for all of humanity: Mary, pregnant with Jesus the Messiah, visits her older cousin Elizabeth, pregnant with John the Baptist, the Messiah’s herald. This round bronze plaque – a simple but powerful depiction of the meeting of two pregnant women, whose not-yet-born sons will transform human history radically and definitively – is a lovely gift, pregnant with meaning in its own right!
A Round Bronze Wall Plaque in Two Sizes
This round bronze is available in two sizes: medium (j140m – 4 inches in diameter) and large (j140g – 7.9 inches in diameter). A notch on the back of the plaque allows for easy placement plaque on any wall in chapel, home or office. Conceived and cast in Germany by one of the world’s great goldsmiths, this solid bronze plaque is a great gift to enhance any room with beauty and spiritual radiance.
The Magnificat – Mary’s Subversive Song of Praise
The Visitation seems so mundane and innocuous: one pregnant woman, close to birth, is visited by her younger cousin, also pregnant. But this encounter is filled with world-changing significance: John the Baptist leaps for joy in Elizabeth’s womb at the approach of Jesus in Mary’s womb. Elizabeth feels the baby’s kick and welcomes Mary’s arrival. Mary responds by singing the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) – the most subversive praise of God in humanity’s long bloody history of violence and domination: The world and its lust for power is turned upside down! The proud, the rich, the rulers are cast down! The humble, the hunger, the poor are raised up! The Kingdom of God is coming! Nay, it is already here, gestating, close to birth…